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After-action Review of a U.S.-based M.S. Degree Program Delivered in Kilimanjaro, Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Consideration

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Mitchell L. Springer Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Mitchell L. Springer

Dr. Springer currently serves as an Executive Director for Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has over 35 years of theoretical and Defense industry-based practical experience from four disciplines: Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Program Management and Human Resources. Dr. Springer possesses a significant strength in pattern recognition, analyzing and improving organizational systems. He is internationally recognized, has contributed to scholarship more than 200 books, articles, presentations, editorials and reviews on software development methodologies, management, organizational change, and program management. Dr. Springer sits on many university and community boards and advisory committees. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, most recently, the Purdue University, College of Technology, Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Award. Dr. Springer is the President of the Indiana Council for Continuing Education as well as the Past-Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Springer received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, his MBA and Doctorate in Adult and Community Education with a Cognate in Executive Development from Ball State University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR & SHRM-SCP), in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), and, in civil and domestic mediation. Dr. Springer is a State of Indiana Registered domestic mediator.

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In the world of pharmaceuticals, regulatory science is an emerging field that has goals of developing tools, drugs, devices, and practices to increase benefit and lower risk concerning safety, quality control, and effectiveness. The dangers of having a subpar, or non-existent, regulatory science practice can be costly at best, or lethal at worst. Formal education at the graduate level to train professionals is a relatively new field. Research has been done on the practice of regulatory science, and on the institutions educating these scientists. Purdue University’s investment, in particular, has the ultimate goal of getting sustainable medicine to Africa. The collaboration of Purdue’s Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science program with the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy is helping to provide good regulatory practices in Africa.

This is the third in a series of three papers discussing the details of curriculum, administration and now, lessons learned with challenges and opportunities for future program delivery consideration.

Designing an applicable, theoretically sound and pragmatically implementable curriculum was the first step. This curriculum was discussed in the first paper on this topic. The second paper in this series addressed the risks of attending class through war torn territories, lack of information technology infrastructure, language, cultural implications, and the payment of tuition and fees as perhaps the most administratively challenging, of the challenges and opportunities documented and presented. The second paper, therefore, focused on the many non-curriculum challenges and opportunities of delivering a U.S.-based M.S. degree in Kilimanjaro, Africa. A program individuals risked their lives to participate in.

This third, and final paper in the series, does an after action review of the entire program; its design, development and delivery. This paper focuses on the many lessons learned, identifying challenges and opportunities for future consideration and potential inclusion in yet another program offering in collaboration with the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy in Kilimanjaro, Africa. Challenges and opportunities will be presented such that others’ considering comparable international program offerings may benefit from these findings.

Springer, M. L. (2018, June), After-action Review of a U.S.-based M.S. Degree Program Delivered in Kilimanjaro, Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Consideration Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29763

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