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Critical Issues and Lessons Learned in Establishing Concurrent International M.S. Degree Programs in Engineering Technology

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Graduate Education and Undergraduate Research in ET

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Engineering Technology

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13

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22.402.1 - 22.402.13

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https://peer.asee.org/17683

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Michael J. Dyrenfurth Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Michael Dyrenfurth is professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation, in the College of Technology at Purdue University. He is co-PI of the DETECT project. He collaborates frequently with ProSTAR to deliver industry-oriented graduate programs to professionals in the field. Active in international aspects of the profession, he teaches and researches in the areas of technological innovation, technological literacy, and international dimensions of technological education.

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Mike Murphy Dublin Institute of Technology

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Mike is Director and Dean of the College of Engineering & Built Environment at Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Gary R. Bertoline Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Robert J. Herrick Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Robert J. Herrick is the Robert A. Hoffer Distinguished Professor of EET and has served as the ECET Department Head at Purdue University 2001 - 2010. He has held leadership roles on the following executive boards: Tau Alpha Pi (president); ETLI (chair, secretary); ETD (treasurer); ETC standing committee chair of the ET National Forum (founder); IEEE Press Editorial Board (Editor-in Chief, Electronics Technology Series Editor); FIE Steering Committee (chair); North Central and Illinois-Indiana Section conferences (program co-chair, proceedings co-editor); and Purdue’s Teaching Academy (charter executive board member). He serves as a TAC of ABET program evaluator for IEEE and has served as an ASEE campus representative at Purdue University and the University of Toledo. He has been recognized with national, regional, university, college, and department awards for outstanding teaching and professional service, including ASEE’s Fredrick Burger Award, Purdue’s life-time Murphy Teaching Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. He was inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers, an honor reserved for only 267 faculty in the 137-year history of Purdue University. He has been an active advocate for outstanding teaching and education through his leadership in ASEE, IEEE, and FIE; “The Art and Technology of Teaching” workshops at invited inter/national conferences and educational institutions (co-facilitated with James Michael Jacob, the George W. McNelly Professor of Technology); and authored educational publications including the textbook, DC/AC Circuits and Electronics: Principles and Practice.

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Kathryne Newton Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Kathy Newton is an Professor of Industrial Technology at Purdue University. Her teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of industrial distribution, quality control, and graduate education. She recently completed a three-year appointment as Department Head. Prior to her appointment at Purdue University in 1993, she spent seven years teaching for Texas A&M University’s Department of Engineering Technology. Dr. Newton has a Ph.D. in Industrial Education, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a B.S. in Industrial Distribution, each from Texas A&M University.

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Sancho Maria-Ribera Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

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Nuria Castell Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

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James L. Barnes James Madison University

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Dr. James L. Barnes is a professor of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University (JMU) and co-principal of Barnes Technologies International, LLC (BTILLC). He has over thirty-five years of experience in science and technology fields and has been the independent evaluator for many international programs. Prior to joining the JMU faculty, Dr. Barnes was the Director of NASA RISE, a NASA research institute at Eastern Michigan University and at the technology research center at The University of Texas, Austin. He earned his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and authored numerous publications in Problem Solving, Sustainability, and Innovation.

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Matthias Kuder Freie Universität Berlin

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Gareth O'Donnell Dublin Institute of Technology

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Abstract

Critical  Issues  and  Lessons  Learned  in  Establishing  Concurrent  International  MS   Degree  Programs  in  Engineering  Technology    Globalization,  competitiveness,  innovation  are  frequently  employed  themes  as  governments,  business  and  industry  and  universities  attempt  to  respond  to  the  challenges  facing  them.    Clearly  business  as  usual  is  not  likely  to  be  successful  in  the  future.    One  strategic  response  has  been  a  significant  impetus  –  in  many  parts  of  the  world  –  towards  dual,  joint  or  concurrent  degree  programs.  Surprisingly,  and  in  sharp  contrast  to  engineering,  technology  and  engineering  technology  programs  are  under-­‐represented  in  this  aspect  of  international  education.    A  transatlantic  degree  consortium  to  implement  a  four-­‐semester  dual  masters  degree  initiative  across  a  three-­‐institution  consortium  consisting  of  Purdue  University  (USA),  the  Dublin  Institute  of  Technology  (DIT),  and  the  Universitat  Politènica  de  Catalunya  -­‐  BarcelonaTech  (Spain)  is  the  focus  of  this  paper.  This  initiative,  while  focusing  on  graduate  (Masters)  student  mobility,  also  includes  faculty  mobility,  language  instruction  and  assessment,  project  evaluation  and  other  services  to  insure  ongoing  success.      Globalization,  technological  innovation  and  sustainability  are  critical  issues  for  most  if  not  all  nations  in  the  world.  Nowhere  do  these  concerns  converge  more  than  in  the  preparation  of  leaders  with  significant  capabilities  in  technology.  In  the  Americas  and  in  Europe,  advanced  programs  in  leadership  development  are  often  configured  as  master’s  degree  programs  –  both  conventional  and  professional  (see  the  National  Academy  Press’  recent  document  [1]  on  this  for  evidence).  There  exists  a  wide  range  of  masters  programs  that  include  professional  masters,  MBAs,  online  degrees,  and  conventional  campus-­‐based  experiences.  But,  few  if  any  focus  specifically  on  the  intersection  of  Technology  –  Globalization  –  Innovation  and  Sustainability!    The  purpose  of  this  presentation  is  to  share  the  experiences,  insights  and  lessons  learned  from  a  partnership  of  three  leading  universities  (the  Universitat  Politènica  de  Catalunya  -­‐  BarcelonaTech,  Spain;  the  Dublin  Institute  of  Technology,  Ireland;  Purdue  University,  USA)  to  offer  concurrent  masters  degrees  in  Technology,  Innovation  &  Sustainability.  Key  issues,  and  innovative  practices  to  resolve  them,  with  respect  to  academic  governance,  financial  aid,  tuition  waivers,  transfer  credit,  will  be  highlighted.  Faculty  mobility  mechanisms  and  the  identification  of  potential  research  collaborations  will  also  be  described  as  will  be  overall  funding  sources.  Highlights  of  the  partnership’s  third  party  evaluation  will  be  presented.      The  presentation  will  involve  participants  from  the  case  studied  partner  institutions.  It  will  also  feature  results  of  a  new  international  survey  on  joint  and  double  degree  programs  conducted  by  the  Institute  of  International  Education  and  Freie  Universität  Berlin.  Significant  opportunity  for  interaction  with  the  audience  will  be  incorporated  in  the  presentation  and  a  more  detailed  paper  of  findings  will  be  provide  for  the  proceedings.  

Dyrenfurth, M. J., & Murphy, M., & Bertoline, G. R., & Herrick, R. J., & Newton, K., & Maria-Ribera, S., & Castell, N., & Barnes, J. L., & Kuder, M., & O'Donnell, G. (2011, June), Critical Issues and Lessons Learned in Establishing Concurrent International M.S. Degree Programs in Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17683

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