St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
5.221.1 - 5.221.15
Development of an Extended Campus Chemical Engineering Program
Jim Smart, William Murphy, G.T. Lineberry, and Bonita Lykins University of Kentucky
Efforts are underway to establish a new University of Kentucky College of Engineering Extended Campus Program at a location far removed from the flagship campus of the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY). New chemical and mechanical engineering undergraduate degree programs are being established on the campus of Paducah Community College (255 miles from Lexington) in Western Kentucky, to provide a needed supply of new engineering graduates to regional industrial employers. The model proposed for the extended campus program in Paducah is a unique one. It is the only known set of university engineering programs in the U.S. located on a community college campus, yet administered under the direct responsibility of a main university campus dean. In this case, the Paducah engineering programs are under the responsibility of the dean of engineering at the main campus of the University of Kentucky. Other universities have established remote satellite locations, but these new programs in Paducah are completely independent entities apart from the main campus.
In 1989-1990, industrial employers in Western Kentucky reported difficulties in recruiting and retaining engineers. This portion of the State is heavily industrialized with the location of a uranium enrichment plant, various chemical complexes, tire manufacturers, and paper processing facilities. There are 35 companies located within a 9-county region that employ between 100 and 2000. These companies employ many mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineers.
A national management research and consulting firm (MGT of America, Inc., Tallahassee, FL) was hired to study the problem. In 1995, MGT issued their report entitled, “Engineering Education Needs and Instructional Delivery Models for Far Western Kentucky.” This report indicated modest economic expansions and estimated the region will require 25-30 additional engineering graduates per year over the number currently available through the year 2000.
In November 1995, Kentucky’s Council on Higher Education passed a resolution directing three educational institutions to cooperate in establishing ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in chemical and mechanical engineering in the Western Kentucky region. The University of Kentucky (UK) was designated to be the degree-granting institution, with courses supplemented by Murray State University (MSU) and Paducah Community College (PCC). See Figure 1 for location of these institutions.
Murphy, W. E., & Smart, J. L., & Lineberry, G. T., & Lykins, B. L. (2000, June), Development Of An Extended Campus Chemical Engineering Program Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8296
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