June 28, 1998
June 28, 1998
July 1, 1998
3.143.1 - 3.143.4
Collaboration in Delivering Engineering Technology at a Distance Lucy C. Morse, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Engineering Technology Jack Selter, Director of External Resources, College of Engineering University of Central Florida
The goal of Engineering Technology at a Distance is to deliver a learner-centered Bachelor of Science degree at a distance through the collaboration of a university, community colleges, and industry. This paper gives techniques for effective delivery of engineering technology with easy access from the community colleges and industry. This will enable both traditional and non- traditional students obtain a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology.
Efforts by higher education to build bridges and establish partnerships with all sectors of the community are both challenging and exciting. Academic programs and services designed to establish those partnerships need to be carefully designed to fill the market place expectation. Establishing strategies based on program benefits and beneficiaries can be important to overall program acceptance and success.
Metropolitan Orlando, where the University of Central Florida (UCF) is located, is ranked as one of the top 10 fastest growing regions in the country. Although highly recognized for its tourist industry, Plant Sites and Parks magazine lists metropolitan Orlando as one of the top 50 areas for manufacturing. Other targeted high technology industries include laser and optics, simulation, and microelectronics.
UCF is a growing metropolitan university that delivers a comprehensive program of teaching, research, and service. The university has played a key role in stimulating and sustaining the region’s economic and technological growth.
The Engineering Technology at a Distance program within the College of Engineering at UCF gives students an opportunity to complete upper level courses in engineering technology and obtain a Bachelor of Science at a distance. This program, which is offered with FEEDS (Florida Engineering Education Delivery System) support is a degree program designed for students who have completed either an Associate of Arts Degree, an Associate of Science Degree, or the equivalent. The engineering technology at-a-distance program is modeled by a twenty-year experience by the College of Engineering in FEEDS (Florida Engineering Education Delivery System). FEEDS is and continues to be a primarily tape only program offered by all Florida State University System engineering schools for working individuals seeking a Master’s degree in engineering. Two key factors in the success of FEEDS are ease of access to the taped lectures by the students and the determination to complete the selected program of study by participating individuals (primarily practicing engineers).
Morse, L. C., & Selter, J. (1998, June), Collaboration In Delivering Engineering Tech. At A Distance Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/6964
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