June 23, 2013
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NSF Grantees Poster Session
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From Defense to Degree: Accelerating Degree Opportunities for Military VeteransThis paper is a continuation of reported progress on program development to address curricularimprovements towards integrating post-9/11 veterans into the engineering workforce. Based onthe high demand and increased opportunities for veterans in the workforce, a program has beendeveloped to acclimate and accelerate veterans into an electrical and computer engineeringdegree. The projected shortage of trained technical personnel in renewable energy and energydistribution systems areas has been the targeted initial technical focus.This paper will focus on the impact and progress made by this program with developed tools andmaterials necessary to acclimate and accelerate military veterans onto a successful path towardsbachelor degrees in engineering. First, an initial and thorough evaluation of the veterans’training, experiences, and expertise are conducted as early as possible during the admissionprocess by a trained academic advisor or faculty. Academic credit for previous academic andmilitary courses can then be assessed and granted credit where appropriate. Required coursehours already identified for consideration of assigning experiential credit include the following:Introduction to Personal and Professional Development, social science/humanities elective andone technical elective.The tools developed for this program include on-line pre-assessments and linked subject-basedtutorials to accelerate the veteran’s entry or re-entry into the traditional math sequence beginningwith Calculus I or higher. The same concept of online pre-assessment and tutorials followed bya proctored final assessment is also being developed for entry level engineering courses. In thefield of electrical engineering the course to be used for evaluation is Circuit Theory I andtherefore it’s prerequisite Introduction to Electrical Engineering. These courses present basicconcepts in electrical theory, engineering applications and an introduction to the circuitslaboratory. As in mathematics, veterans would complete an on-line pre-test with linked subjectbased tutorials ahead of enrolling in the degree program. Then veteran would have the option ofcompleting a one-time proctored post-test for course credit (C or better). This approachleverages the veterans’ existing technical knowledge acquired through the nature of their serviceposts and accelerates their entry ahead to follow-on technical courses.Student success (C or better) in Calculus 1 (or higher) and follow-on entry level engineeringcourses will be the primary evaluation metric in both cases. Students and evaluation metrics willbe tracked as individuals enter the program and reported when a significant number of metricsare accumulated.
Soldan, D. L., & Gruenbacher, D., & Schulz, N. N., & Vogt, B. A., & Hageman, W. B. (2013, June), From Defense to Degree: Accelerating Degree Opportunities for Military Veterans Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19634
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