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Ensuring curriculum integrity for engineering technology programs during academic calendar conversionOverview:The process of academic calendar conversion provides excellent opportunities for programreview and enhancement, but is also fraught with potential pitfalls. This paper is focused onarticulating the strategy employed to facilitate a calendar conversion from academic quarters tosemesters for an institution with approximately 1700 students enrolled in ABET accreditedEngineering Technology programs. Key to the success of calendar conversion, and ultimatelystudent success, will be insuring the integrity of the curriculum. Newly developed guidelinesfor all programs emerging from calendar conversion include: cooperative/experiential educationexperiences, inclusion of academic content related to innovation and undergraduate studentresearch, viable opportunities for study abroad and international education.Major Points: Current trends, status, and institutions involved with calendar conversions globally. Risks for ET programs in calendar conversion. Strategy and guiding principles for calendar conversion. Procedural steps and timing for calendar conversion processes. Avoiding mistakes that could negatively impact the integrity of ET curricula as a result of calendar conversion.Summary:The primary message in this presentation will be that calendar conversion is a concept and trendwithin the ET, and related, communities. There is a clearly defined strategy and process forcalendar conversion. However, those strategies and processes are not without risk of misstepsand mistakes that could negatively impact the integrity of ET curricula. Maximizing thepotential benefits of calendar conversion while minimizing mistakes creates the context forunique work space that holds a great deal of promise for contributing to advances in ETcurricula.
Eastman, M., & Walker, F. (2011, June), Ensuring Curriculum Integrity for Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17912
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