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Retention And Recruitment Of E.T. Students

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.858.1 - 6.858.5

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Harry Franz

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Retention and Recruitment of Students for the University of Houston-Downtown Engineering Technology Department from Sources Other than High Schools

Prof. Harry Franz, P.E.1 University of Houston- Downtown Member ASEE, IEEE, ISA


The preponderance of students in the Engineering Technology (ET) department of the University of Houston- Downtown (UHD) does not come directly from High Schools. In fact, they almost all come from other sources, which makes the UHD ET Department an excellent model for obtaining and keeping students from sources other than High Schools. The average age of the UHD student is just under 30 years old. The UHD is one of the most diverse Universities in the country. Students in the UHD ET Department come from community colleges, junior colleges, proprietary schools, the military, international sources, a lot from industry, and from the University General College at the UHD itself. A discussion of how students are recruited and retained from each source is given.

Methods for attracting and keeping students are discussed. Included are the project team and industry connections through the professional societies that include the ISA, IEEE, SPED (Society of Piping Engineer and Designers). In addition, a discussion is included about the interaction with counterparts at other colleges through visits, and through chair and membership positions of UHD ET faculty on advisory committees at other area colleges. In addition, a discussion is given that shows that consulting work in local industry strengthens recruiting and retention efforts. Networking by UHD ET graduates that recommend the UHD ET programs to their others is also discussed. It is shown how membership in area societies for example the Gulf Coast Electronics Instructors Association, a conglomerate of about 50 Gulf coast, Houston, Texas area schools, obviously strengthens recruitment ties.

Finally, methods of requirement of students from within the UHD, from the University General College, are given that include visitations to classrooms, open houses, and participation in UHD activities. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Program Coordinator and Associate Professor Control and Instrumentation Electronics Design, UH-Downtown, Houston, Texas, 77002

Franz, H. (2001, June), Retention And Recruitment Of E.T. Students Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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