June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
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Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Program at the University of Arizona
Director, Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Program College of Engineering and Mines University of Arizona
In this paper, we report the progress of the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering (BAE) Program (formerly named the ELITE program - Engineering with LIberal and Technical Education). The program is novel in that it leads to a BA in Engineering degree at the University of Arizona, a large land-grant institution. We have 25 students and we are becoming more established on campus with each additional semester. We have had 24 graduates with placement in both industry and graduate school. Each year approximately 60 students hear our informational presentations and seek information about the program.
The program allows students exceptional flexibility in designing a degree program to meet their needs. Requirements ensure that the students cover areas within engineering and outside of engineering and we focus on the application of technology. Our requirements are designed to be agile in that students can quickly piece together degree programs in "hot" areas.
We have formulated research questions based on the needs of our key stakeholders. In this report, we present initial findings on three of the questions. Our results suggest that we are achieving our mission of keeping high quality students in engineering related fields and we have succeeded at developing and operating a program that allows students an opportunity to tailor an educational experience to their direct needs. We also have areas where we could improve, and suggestions and strategies are included.
Innovative applications of engineering methodology have opened new avenues in several non- traditional areas. For example, the term financial engineering has been coined to describe activities related to the design of new financial instruments. Similarly, the latest entertainment spectacle at Disneyland (the Indiana Jones Adventure) is credited to an activity that the Walt Disney Company refers to as imagineering. This term refers to an entire spectrum of activities ranging from master-planning and creative development to video production, audio/lighting design, and on-board vehicle performance. In addition, traditional engineering analyses such as those exploring the impact of layout on customer flow through the attraction were of critical
Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Goldberg, J. (2003, June), Bachelor Of Arts In Engineering Program At The University Of Arizona Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11378
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