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Refining Two Year Technology Curricula For Growth In A Senior College

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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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3.482.1 - 3.482.4

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Elliot Rothkopf

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The College of Staten Island of the City University of New York is a comprehensive college offering degrees from the Associates to the Ph.D. The Engineering Technologies Department offers an A.S. degree in Architectural Studies and A.A.S. degrees in Civil Engineering Technology (CET), and Electrical Engineering Technology (EET). The Computer Science department offers an A.A.S. degree in Computer Technology well as the B. S. and M. S. degrees in Computer Science. The Applied Science department offers an A.A.S. in Pre- engineering as well a B.S. degrees in Engineering Science and Physics. The Engineering Technologies department has embarked on a program of curricular revisions to enhance its growth potential.

In 1996, the Board of Trustees of CUNY mandated that all the credit requirements for all baccalaureate programs be 120 credits and all associate degree programs be 60 credits. Departments could apply for waivers if accredited programs require more than the credits allowed. Since all associate degrees of the Engineering Technologies department had credit requirements of 68-71 credits, a rethinking of our courses and credit load was in order.

The Engineering Technologies department decided that it must focus on a number of criteria to become leaner yet provide students who are able and so desire with greater opportunities for educational advancement. We recognized that with ever increasing technical change, we could not teach everything. We should give the student the best education possible by teaching the basics of the technological field while giving the student the tools for lifelong learning. We would not load the student down with more than the TAC/ABET minimum of 64 credits. Our associate’s degree requires many more student contact hours in laboratories than do other associate degrees.

We would do the following:

l develop common core technology courses. l modify upper level courses to reduce the credit load. l work with the Computer Science and Applied Science departments to provide greater articulation between our A.A.S. programs and their B. S. programs. l introduce the internship option in the various curricula. l provide a technical elective option.

Rothkopf, E. (1998, June), Refining Two Year Technology Curricula For Growth In A Senior College Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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