June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Electrical and Computer
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An Innovative Transfer Track from Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electrical EngineeringA new curriculum path has been developed to achieve a Bachelor of Science in ElectricalEngineering (BSEE) degree via an efficient transfer track from eight different Associate inApplied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS-EET) programs. The transfer froman AAS-EET program into a BS engineering program often requires three or more years ofcourses to complete the degree, whereas the transfer from an AAS-EET program to complete aBS engineering technology program can typically be accomplished in two years. The latter isreferred to as a two-plus-two transfer track. The track described in this paper is not pure two-plus-two, but is two additional academic years plus a small set of general education courses.Other transfer track features include articulation agreements with the two-year colleges, tightlycoordinated curricula, and sustained, close interaction between the faculties of the two- and four-year institutions.The primary attribute underlying this innovative transfer track is the utilization of bridge coursesin both the AAS-EET and BSEE programs. Bridge courses are designed to efficiently transitionstudents from an AAS background to meeting BSEE requirements without unnecessaryrepetition. The AAS-level bridge courses in this transfer track begin the transition in content,rigor, and perspective from an engineering technician to an engineer. The BS-level bridgecourses, which occur early in the BSEE transfer curriculum, continue and complete thetransition.This new transfer track is a modification of an existing two-plus-two AAS-EET to BS-EETtransfer track. An accumulation of ten years of assessment data for the existing AAS-EET toBS-EET transfer path was used in designing the new transfer path to the BSEE degree. Thispaper provides the rationale for making the change from BS-EET to BSEE, some historicenrollment and retention data on the BS-EET program, general experiences with the articulationagreements, detailed descriptions of the AAS-EET and BSEE curricular structures and bridgecourses, the different types of sustaining institutional interactions, and early success in attractingtransfer students from the AAS-EET programs to the BSEE program.
Strangeway, R. A., & Williams, S. M., & Chandler, E. W., & Kelnhofer, R. W., & Petersen, O. G. (2014, June), An Innovative Transfer Track from Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20058
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