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An Orientation Program for Vertical Transfers in Engineering and Engineering Technology

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Transfer and Transitions

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Two-Year College

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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12

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https://peer.asee.org/32084

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8

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Surendra K. Gupta Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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“Vinnie” Gupta is a professor of mechanical engineering, and a member of the graduate faculty of materials science and engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY. He is a recipient of the 2014 Robert G. Quinn Award from ASEE, and the 2000 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in applied mechanics, computational techniques, and materials science.

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Franz Allen Foltz Rochester Institute of Technology

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Franz Foltz is an associate professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Science, Technology and Society and Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY. He is the Director of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Public Policy. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Science and Technology Policy, Research Design, and Policy Analysis.

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James E Moon Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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James Moon, Rochester Institute of Technology
James Moon is a Professor in the Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering department. He was a recipient of the 2009 Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in semiconductor device physics, solid-state physics, and electronics.

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Roy W Melton Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Roy Melton is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y. His awards and honors include KGCOE Award for Exemplary Performance in Teaching (2017 and 2014), selection as "most effective teacher" by RIT Computer Engineering classes of 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and finalist for the 2015-2016 and 2012-2013 RIT Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. He received his Ph.D., M.S.E.E., and B.E.E. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. His memberships include ASEE and IEEE (Senior Member).

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Michael Kuhl Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Michael E. Kuhl, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1997 from North Carolina State University. His research and teaching interests are in simulation, operations research, and decision analysis with a wide range of application areas including intelligent material handling systems, healthcare systems, project management, cyber security, and supply chain systems.

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Daniel P. Johnson Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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Daniel Johnson is a Professor Chair of the Department of Packaging Science in the College of Engineering Technology at RIT. He teaches courses in production and supply chain management, manufacturing operations, automation, robotics, and operations strategy.

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James Lee Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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James H. Lee is an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His areas of research expertise include internal combustion engines, renewable fuels, the design and implementation of sustainable energy systems, and technical and economic analysis of system upgrades to improve energy efficiency. Dr. Lee is a professional engineer licensed in the state of New York.

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Rob Garrick Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Department Chair. Garrick worked for 25 years in automotive engineering research and holds seven U.S. patents.

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Maureen S. Valentine Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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Maureen Valentine, P.E., Professor, has been a faculty member at RIT for more than 25 years, serving as instructional faculty, department chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management, and Safety, associate dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and co-PI on the AdvanceRIT initiative. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on women in STEM programs and the women faculty who teach them.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on students who transfer at the 3rd year level from 2-year schools to the engineering and engineering technology BS programs at our university. The objectives of the program are: (i) to expand and diversify the engineering/technology workforce of the future, (ii) to develop linkages and articulations with 2-year schools and their S-STEM programs, (iii) to provide increased career opportunities and job placement rates through mandatory paid co-op experiences, and (iv) to serve as a model for other universities to provide vertical transfer students access to the baccalaureate degree.

The program is in its third year. It recruited its first group of 25 students in Fall 2017, and another group of 27 students in Fall 2018. We hope to recruit 26 more students in Fall 2019 for a total of 78 vertical transfers. Our goal is to retain and graduate at least 95% of these scholars.

To enhance the success of these scholars, we developed a zero credit six-week Orientation course in Fall 2017 focusing on four dimensions of student wellness: Academic, Financial, Social, and Personal. This paper will describe the development of this course, its content, and the modifications we made to the course for Fall 2018.

The paper will also address the research conducted so far in order to generate knowledge about the program elements that will be essential for the success of vertical transfer programs at other universities. The paper will describe two research instruments: an online survey and a focus group interview that we developed, and administered to the transfer scholars in their first year. It will present our initial findings concerning students’ experiences at their two-year institutions, their reason for transferring, their experience in transferring as well as their initial conceptions of what life at a 4-year institution will be like.

Gupta, S. K., & Foltz, F. A., & Moon, J. E., & Melton, R. W., & Kuhl, M., & Johnson, D. P., & Lee, J., & Garrick, R., & Valentine, M. S. (2019, June), An Orientation Program for Vertical Transfers in Engineering and Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32084

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