June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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An Innovative Two-Plus-Two Transfer Agreement Structure with Multiple Two-Year Colleges in Electrical Engineering Technology Abstract
A two-plus-two transfer agreement structure in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) has been established between eight two-year colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The EET programs at most of the two-year colleges are based on and overlap significantly with their Electronics Technology programs. This format creates a valuable opportunity for students: they may earn the AAS-EET degree, the AAS Electronics Technology degree, or both. The Electronics Technology and EET programs at the two-year colleges, despite distinct curricula, all meet common statewide core electronics standards as established by the Statewide Electronics Leadership Team (SWELT) in the WTCS. All AAS-EET programs also meet entrance standards for the plus-two BS-EET (+2 BS-EET) program at MSOE.
Two technical calculus courses and two advanced electronics bridge courses, which promote a successful student transition from the two-year AAS-EET programs into the +2 BS-EET program, were adopted by most of the two-year programs. The bridge courses are described in detail. The courses have also run at several two-year colleges via an instructional television system. A comparison of the performances of students from the first two years of the former four-year MSOE EET program and the first group of EET transfer students to MSOE under the transfer agreements was performed in the first EET course within the plus-two curriculum at MSOE. This comparison determined no performance difference, i.e., the preparations of both student groups were indistinguishable.
Coordination among the WTCS AAS-EET programs and with the MSOE +2 BS-EET program is facilitated by regular statewide meetings of electronics faculty as well as other mechanisms. The transfer agreements are renewed annually to counter program drift and to enhance program evolution through input from multiple colleges and their industrial advisory committees. The performance of the transfer students in the +2 EET program at MSOE is noteworthy: despite no reduction in academic expectations within this program, there has been no student attrition due to academic reasons since the first group of transfer students started in 2003.
The number of graduates of, and corresponding enrollments in, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Electronics Technology and AAS Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (AAS- EET) programs, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (BS- EET) programs nationwide experienced declines on the order of 40 to 45 percent from 1990 to 2000. Nationwide, there were 4738 AAS-EET degrees and 4597 BS-EET degrees awarded in 1990, and there were 2857 AAS-EET degrees and 2615 BS-EET degrees awarded in 2000.1,2
Strangeway, R., & Chandler, E., & Brown, R., & Exworthy, K., & Fancher, J., & Hedges, W., & Fleischman, T., & Hoppe, P., & Lokken, R., & Martin, T., & Merkel, D., & O'Donnell, M., & O'Laughlin, T., & Porubsky, M., & Steker, R., & Tewalt, T. (2006, June), An Innovative Two Plus Two Transfer Agreement Structure With Multiple Two Year Colleges In Electrical Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/505
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