June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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Enhancing the Education of Engineering Technology Students Through an Honors Program Kathleen A.K. Ossman, Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
This paper describes the Honors Program in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at the University of Cincinnati. Included in the paper is a discussion of the requirements of the program, the benefits to both the students and the faculty, and a description of a specific honors project completed by students at the end of their freshman year.
The Honors program has been active at the University of Cincinnati for many years1. Until recently, few students at the College of Applied Science participated in the program. Most of the freshmen accepted to the College of Applied Science do not initially meet the requirements to join the Honors program; however, many of our freshmen perform extremely well in their courses during their first year. Two years ago, a committee of faculty members representing each of the departments in the College of Applied Science was formed to revive the Honors program at the college. The author of this paper serves as the faculty advisor to the 20 honors students currently enrolled in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) Department. This paper describes the requirements of the Honors program at the University of Cincinnati and how these requirements are tailored to meet the needs of engineering technology students. Methods for identifying good candidates for the Honors program and convincing these students of the benefits of the program are discussed. Results of a survey distributed to the faculty and honors students in the ECET department that assesses the benefits and future direction of the honors program are described. Finally, one of the first projects that students in the ECET department complete as part of the honors program is outlined.
Requirements of the Honors Program
All Honors students at the University of Cincinnati must complete the following requirements in order to receive the "With Honors" distinction at graduation:
1. Maintain a 3.2 University GPA 2. Complete 36 credit hours of Honors level coursework
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering Education.
Ossman, K. (2005, June), Enhancing The Education Of Engineering Technology Students Through An Honors Program Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15438
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