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Baccalaureate Degree Completion: Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Retention

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Retention and Two-year to Four-year Transfer

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Two Year College Division

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25.249.1 - 25.249.7



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Hamid Y. Eydgahi Bakersfield College

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Hamid Y. Eydgahi is the Dean of Instruction (CTE) at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Calif. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering technology, n M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in operations and technology management. He held a number of engineering and project management positions in private industry for more than 10 years, before joining higher education.

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Julio R. Blanco California State University, Bakersfield

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Julio R. Blanco is the Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering and Associate Provost for Grants, Resource Management, and Planning. Blanco earned his Ph.D. in physics at Penn State University and his master's and bachelor's degrees also in physics at CSU, Northridge. He has more than 35 years of academic, administrative, aerospace research, and management experience. He has supervised 14 master theses and 11 honor undergraduate theses, as well as supervised research and postdoctoral fellows. He has more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles and has participated in lead roles in research projects over his career in excess of $100 million. His area of expertise is experimental condensed matter physics, particularly in the characterization of semiconductor thin films used in the electronic industry. Currently, he is leading the efforts to initiate engineering at CSUB by offering computer, electrical, and engineering sciences bachelor's degrees by Fall 2012. Under his leadership, the school has grown from 1,100 full-time equivalent students (FTES) to almost 2,000 this year. The number of majors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has doubled from 600 to near 1,200 currently. Blanco also co-chairs the CSUB graduation rate initiative, a CSU system project, part of a national effort to increase the number of students graduating within six years with a bachelor's degree.

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  A proposal for th 119 Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education Title Baccalaureate Degree Completion: Student Recruitment, Outreach, and RetentionABSTRACTThe strength of our economy and the success of its workforce will be based upon the presence ofan education system that ensures the development of strong academic and technical skills. TheCalifornia Labor and Workforce Development Agency projects a shortfall of almost 40,000engineers in the state by 2014. It is essential that a larger percentage of the population is trainedin Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers if the 2025 goal, toincrease the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent,and the 2020 STEM goals outlined by President Obama in his speech of April 27, 2009 are to befulfilled.This paper outlines a pathway from 2-year community college to 4-year university through astrong partnership that focuses on student success in STEM. The structure of the paper willinclude: • Need for technical personnel, • Legislative mandate: California Senate Bill 1440, • Transition and articulation of a 2+2 program, • Student outcomes, and • Future plans.It is the authors’ intent to outline the structure and implication of this model, while solicitingparticipants’ input as part of this discussion.  

Eydgahi, H. Y., & Blanco, J. R. (2012, June), Baccalaureate Degree Completion: Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Retention Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21009

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