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How Are The Engineering Technology Graduates Doing? A Rochester Institute Of Technology 25 Year Survey

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.311.1 - 3.311.11

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John Stratton

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Session 2647

How Are The Engineering Technology Graduates Doing? A Rochester Institute of Technology 25 Year Survey

John Stratton

Rochester Institute of Technology

Abstract: A study of the long term progress of the baccalaureate engineering technology (ET) graduates from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was undertaken during 1997. Approximately 550 of RIT’s 3,000 graduates and 250 of their direct supervisors replied to the survey. The results and analysis show that RIT’s ET alumni are performing effectively in a wide variety of career paths, using salary, position, and satisfaction data and comments.

Introduction: The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester, NY, is an independent university of approximately 13,300 students. Within the College of Applied Science and Technology, the engineering technology (ET) programs are administered by three departments: Civil, Electrical/Computer/Telecommunications, and Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology. The programs have a (headcount) enrollment of approximately 1,250 students, or almost 10% of the RIT enrollment.

RIT’s ET baccalaureate programs were started in 1970 for transfer students only, and the first class graduated in 1973. The original programs used the Bachelor of Technology designation, with the programs changing to Bachelor of Science in 1990. First and second year students were included starting in 1988. The ET programs are offered co-op for day students and most programs are scheduled evenings for the employed part time students.

RIT’s ET accreditation was initially granted in 1975 by what has become the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET). Initial programs were in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology, with Civil Engineering Technology (1971), Manufacturing Engineering Technology (1980), Computer Engineering Technology (1985), Telecommunications Engineering Technology (1991) and Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology (1992) being added at the dates listed.

In preparation for the Fall 1998 TAC of ABET visit, it was determined that a survey of the graduates of the past 25 years, and their immediate supervisors, was in order. Over 3,000 surveys were mailed to the alumni with known addresses. 550 of the alumni responded and

Stratton, J. (1998, June), How Are The Engineering Technology Graduates Doing? A Rochester Institute Of Technology 25 Year Survey Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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