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Exploiting a Difficult Environment: Maturing a Model for an Engineering Degree Completion Program in Partnership with Multiple Community Colleges

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Two Year-to-Four Year Transfer Topics Part II

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Two Year College Division

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22.686.1 - 22.686.12



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Kenneth Wayne Santarelli California State University, Fresno

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Dr. Santarelli received an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He received a B.S. in Engineering (Ocean Engineering) from California State University and is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer. He is currently employed by California State University, Fresno as the Director of the Antelope Valley Engineering Program located in Lancaster California.

Dr. Santarelli retired from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2007 after 27 years working on a variety of Propulsion and Power Programs including the Stage IV of the Peacekeeper, several “Star Wars” programs, Atlas, Delta, Space Shuttle Main Engines, and the International Space Station, the last 20 years being in management and leadership roles. He has also served as a commissioned officer in the NOAA Officer Corps and worked for ITT General Controls in the power, process, and pipeline industries. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran having served in the Viet Nam conflict.

Dr. Santarelli has received numerous awards including the Boeing Leadership Excellence Award, NASA Space Flight Awareness Team and Appreciation Awards as well as Rocketdyne Outstanding Achievement Awards for various program activities. He is currently serving as a Director on the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and is the Honorary Commander of the 412th Electronic Warfare Group at Edwards AFB. He is also a member of several professional societies and has authored and co-authored several papers pertaining to the Antelope Valley Engineering Program.

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S. Shelley U.S. Air Force

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J. S. Shelley, Ph.D., P.E.
After 20 years as a researcher and project manager with the Air Force Research Laboratories, Dr. Shelley has transitioned to teaching mechanical engineering, mostly mechanics, for the past six years.

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Dhushy Sathianathan California State University, Long Beach

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Dr. Sathianathan is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining CSULB, he was the head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs at Penn State. Dr. Sathianathan has been actively involved in engineering education initiatives since 1994. He led several NSF funded initiative to enhance engineering education, especially focused on retention. He is the co-founder of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program and the Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship at Penn State. He has received the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow Award, and the ASEE - DOW Outstanding Faculty Award for his work in engineering education. Dr. Sathianathan currently serves on the ASEE Projects Board.

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Mark K. Smith California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education

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M.S., M.B.A., Professional Development Program Manager designing, implementing and administering programs for California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Mark has built credit and non-credit programs from the ground up, including gaining Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) approval.

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Exploiting a Difficult Environment: Maturing a Model for an Engineering Degree Completion Program in Partnership with Multiple Community CollegesAbstractThe evolution of a model for a transfer student degree program for mechanical and electricalengineering was initiated based on a partnership with a single community college whichprovided articulating course work designed to meet the requirements of a degree granting stateuniversity. The single community college was not providing a sufficient number of transferstudents to justify the program investment so a second community college partnership wasdeveloped.The existing program has been a state supported program but the economic conditions dictatethat a state supported program, removed by distance from the main campus, is no longer viable.As a result of the impact on the state university system a new program is being launched throughextension.The evolution of the model for the existing program has been largely reactionary but the currenteconomic conditions require that the model be evaluated with data driven forethought andplanning. The community college pipeline has been found to be inadequate in providing asufficient number of qualified transfers to maintain a viable upper division engineering program.Subsequent data collected from a number of community colleges has confirmed that multiplecommunity college partners with articulating programs are required to provide a sufficienttransfer pool.The new launch has allowed the opportunity to review the model from the perspective of whathas been learned and to consider implications based on data collected through surveys andmarket analysis. The new launch also has afforded the opportunity to mature the model throughconsidering the integration of the transformation models for engineering education described byOwens and Fortenberry and to consider the application of the supply chain approach suggestedby Al-Turki, Duffuaa, Ayar, and Demirel.The issues surrounding maturation of this model, the existing impact resulting from theeconomic conditions, the pertinent data, and the nature of the effort required to mature thismodel are discussed. The conditions necessary for program success are defined and the strategiesrequired to address the necessary conditions are developed as is the current program status.

Santarelli, K. W., & Shelley, S., & Sathianathan, D., & Smith, M. K. (2011, June), Exploiting a Difficult Environment: Maturing a Model for an Engineering Degree Completion Program in Partnership with Multiple Community Colleges Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17967

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