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Building a Distance Learning Hybrid Program in Organizational Leadership

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


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Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Professional Development from a Distance

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Continuing Professional Development

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22.299.1 - 22.299.6

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Mitchell L. Springer Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Mitchell L. Springer, PMP, SPHR. Dr. Springer is an Associate Professor in Technology Leadership & Innovation and currently serves as the Director of the Purdue University College of Technology, Academic Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR) located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He possesses over 30 years of theoretical and industry-based practical experience from four disciplines: Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Program Management and Human Resources. He sits on many university and community boards and advisory committees. Dr. Springer is internationally recognized, has authored numerous books and articles, and lectured on software development methodologies, management practices and program management. Dr. Springer received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, his M.B.A. and Doctorate in Adult and Community Education with a Cognate in Executive Development from Ball State University. He is certified as both a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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Gary R. Bertoline Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Building a Distance Learning Hybrid Program in Organizational Leadership Dr. Mitchell L. Springer Associate Professor, Technology Leadership and Innovation Director, Academic Center for Professional Studies in Technology And Applied Research (ProSTAR) College of Technology Office: ENAD 105 400 Centennial Mall Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907-2016 Email: Website: Office: 765-496-2983 Cell: 260-403-6130 Professor Daniel L. Lybrook Associate Professor, Technology Leadership and Innovation College of Technology Office: Young Grad House, Room 441 155 South Grant Street West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 Email: Office: 765-494-7676 Dr. Gary R. Bertoline Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Technology Distinguished Professor Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology Purdue University 461 Knoy Hall, 401 N. Grant Street West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 496-6071 phone Page 1 of 2Abstract –In the fall of 2010, under the Purdue University College of Technology’s academic Center forProfessional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR), was the inaugural offering adistance learning hybrid Master’s of Science area of concentration in Organizational Leadership andSupervision program. This program evolved from the collective experience and knowledge of an intenseindustry-academia partnership. The program was intentionally differentiated from a traditional MBA-type of program. The program was designed to provide successful transitional training and education tothose individual’s evolving from an individual contributor technical position to a leadership/managementopportunity.Through a focused and intentional alignment of key courses in three primary areas; leadership,business/technology management and application, the enrolled students are provided the opportunity fordiscovery, assimilation and subsequent application of acquired knowledge and skills in industrial settingsboth nationally and internationally. The program has experienced significant enrollment in excess ofpreviously forecasted pro forma expectations, and, is expected to form the foundation for future similaroffering opportunities. Page 2 of 2

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