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Challenges In Curriculum Adaptation Across Institutions Of Higher Education: International And National Student Transfer

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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11.316.1 - 11.316.20



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Roland Kempter University of Utah

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Cynthia Furse University of Utah Orcid 16x16

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Nick Safai Salt Lake City College


Neil Cotter University of Utah

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Dr. Neil E. Cotter
Research Assistant Professor, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah

Dr. Cotter is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah where he teaches classes in the areas of electronics, probability and statistics, embedded systems, motors, and function approximations. He received a BS degree in EE from Caltech in 1979, master's degrees in EE and Mathematics from Stanford in 1981 and 1985, and a Ph.D. in EE from Stanford in 1986.

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Lee Brinton Salt Lake Community College

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Mr. Lee Brinton
Assistant Professo Electrical Engineering Program

Mr. Lee Brinton is a tenured Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Salt Lake Community College. He received a Masters of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Utah. Prior to entering academia, Mr. Brinton worked in industry where he served as President of Brinton Electric. He also worked as a member of the technical staff for Advent Systems in Mountain View California and at ESL in Sunnyvale California where his activities involved Digital Signal Processing applications in communication systems. Mr. Brinton is a member of IEEE.

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Challenges in Curriculum Adaptation across Institutions of Higher Education: Similarities between International and National Student Transfer

Roland Kempter, C. Furse, N. Cotter (University of Utah) Nick Safai, L. Brinton (Salt Lake Community College)


The challenges associated with student transfer between institutions of higher education are investigated. The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) requires that undergraduate courses from non-ABET accredited institutions are recognized across public universities and colleges in Utah. Based on empirical data, we show that as a result, curriculum development now has to take place across institutions. As a first step, to maintain academic standards in this changing environment, before granted major status in Electrical Engineering, we propose an admissions test for all students. In addition, undergraduate student performance could be continuously monitored, similar to the monitoring process of international graduate students. Typically, the change in academic environment for students also includes the transition from a more personal to a more anonymous setting. Thus, we propose the creation of a “transfer student academic advisory” position – similar to an international advisor - in all colleges across Utah. Our research is a first step towards the goal of achieving unified engineering programs across institutions.

I. Introduction

Typically, student transfer in higher education occurs at the bachelor’s level, leading into a master’s or PhD degree. In addition, recently there has been a steady increase in student transfer at the undergraduate level from community colleges to state universities in Utah. Naturally, curriculum development in higher education is approached as an integral and challenging process, which needs to be constantly monitored, optimized and adapted to a changing professional environment. One

Kempter, R., & Furse, C., & Safai, N., & Cotter, N., & Brinton, L. (2006, June), Challenges In Curriculum Adaptation Across Institutions Of Higher Education: International And National Student Transfer Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1035

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