June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Two Year College Division
22.686.1 - 22.686.12
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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