June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.355.1 - 13.355.10
Departmental Survival through Collaborative Industrial Partnership
In this paper/discussion the author's identify how the Industrial and Engineering technology curriculum and program strengthened at Morehead State University. The author's initially review a brief history of the Industrial and Engineering Technology program and how the department survived from closing down to become one of the most successful departments at the university.
The author's also describe how the objectives were set and how department worked with the local industrial partners and advisors to set up and help with the curriculum to meet the industrial demands. The objectives were set based on the local educational and industrial demands for the employment, research and educational collaboration with in the university service region, and the Commonwealth.
The paper would then conclude that successful industry-education collaboration is characterized by feelings of mutual ownership and commitment among the faculty, students, department advisors, and the local industries. The evidence of the accomplishments between the department and the industry will be discussed using a model of the relationship and analysis of cooperative education and employee evaluation of the students.
The mere thought of stagnation during a century of change is grounds for extinction, not only for business but also education. Survival mode sets in when the threat of elimination appears to knock at the door. This survivalism is triggered by anticipation of disruptions in local, regional or global social or political order and the movement toward preparation to survive. Does this mean education needs to worry? Does it mean that only certain programs of education need to worry?
The Industrial and Engineering Technology department at Morehead State University has continued to survive for the past 85 years of its natural and unnatural existence. This paper would speak of existence as unnatural as if it were artificial. In not so many terms, it was and is currently. The departments’ existence needed to be inventive; inconsistent with the natural pattern or custom assigned during its mere development. It needed to break down barriers of the perceived “social norm” to survive.
Morehead State University began its journey in 1887 as the Morehead Christian Normal School and was known as “a light to the mountains” 4. Its mission was to bring education, enlightenment and hope to those of the mountainous region and became a public institution in 1922 (MSU, 2007). During this time, the development of the Industrial Arts program began as a support program to prepare teachers to fill positions in the vocational training programs as result of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 9. Twenty years later, during WWII, the campus was in
Mohammed, J., & Mason, S., & Li, X. (2008, June), Departmental Survival Through Collaborative Industrial Partnership Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3247
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