June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
A large Midwestern University has had a nearly 150-year history of educating students. Engineering is one of the largest majors at this institution with a population of about 8,000 undergraduate engineering students. However, there are unmet needs in the current environment including: • Some students who would likely be strong engineers are not persisting due to an engineering education system that is highly theoretical that doesn’t give them the hands-on environment they seek. • Employers are desperately searching for engineering talent with hands-on skills. • Employers often want to hire graduates locally because they are likely to want to stay in the area. Graduates from the four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering traditionally have not actively sought working in smaller, more rural manufacturing facilities.
With these challenges, there are also new possibilities. This university has regional campuses that have traditionally served as feeder campuses to the core engineering program. These campuses currently offer the first one or two years of engineering curriculum including the same calculus, science, and first-year engineering courses that are housed at main campus. Further, the regional campuses are co-located and partner with local community colleges with extensive engineering labs and equipment used in many manufacturing settings.
Researchers at the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University have determined that nationally, the digitally integrated manufacturing enterprise will have major workforce implications, resulting in a much higher-skilled manufacturing workforce that relies on broadly skilled and educated applied engineers that understand production processes. An opportunity exists for strategic collaboration by manufacturing employers and educational providers to develop a broader and deeper pool of new and incumbent talent to meet rapidly changing needs.
Employer needs for local talent, students’ interest in pursuing an applied engineering degree, and community college partnerships create what appears to be an ideal opportunity that would be ripe for a four-year Bachelors of Science in Engineering Technology in Manufacturing.
The purpose of this paper is to chronical the challenges, victories, and lessons learned in what is expected to be a two-year journey to convert this project from a vision to an approved and accredited best-in-class program that begins to admit and educate students to support regional industries. This project will be shared with others in the engineering education community.
Ulstad, A. T., & Kelley, K., & Johnson, T. A. (2019, June), Lessons Learned Creating a BSET with a Regional Campus Model Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33058
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