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Impact of a Successful Technology Graduate Degree Program- Report on program and its graduatesABSTRACTThis Paper describes the challenges and advantages experienced by the authors in starting andrunning a successful graduate program in Technology. XXXX University started its Master ofScience in Technology in 2008, and by 2011 had the third largest enrollment nationally forgraduate degree programs in Technology. The program has already produced more than ahundred graduates. The success of this program may be attributed to factors such as a largedemand for the program in the region, as predicted by the institution and presented in theproposal to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the interdisciplinary nature of theprogram, and flexibility of the curriculum, among others.All relevant program issues that needed to be addressed in creating the third largest(nationally) graduate program in Technology, within the short space of 3 years, are discussed inthe paper. These issues are: flexible curriculum, faculty resources and benefits, prospectivestudents, students’ marketability and preparation for employment, graduate employmentopportunities in industry, program impact on economic development, program delivery modes(live, hybrid, and on-line) and student learning assessment. Data are presented on studentprofiles, graduate placement, alumni career growth, and application-oriented industry projects.Furthermore, the coming challenges of maintaining program quality with high enrollment, aswell as completion rates, are also discussed in this paper.
Latif, N., & Zahraee, M. A., & Colwell, J. L. (2013, June), Impact of a Successful Technology Graduate Degree Program- Report on program and its graduates Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19696
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