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Seven Years of Success in Implementation of a 3 + 1 Transfer Program in Engineering Technology Between Universities in China and the Unites States

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Implementing Transfer, Exchange, Research Programs and Professional Development; in Asia and Far East

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23.1067.1 - 23.1067.9



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Scott I. Segalewitz University of Dayton

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Scott Segalewitz, P.E. is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at the University of Dayton (UD). He also serves as Director of Industrial and Technical Relations for the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou, China where he is responsible for establishing corporate training programs for US partner companies in the Suzhou Industrial Park, and for developing opportunities for UD students to gain international and technical experience in China. He previously served for twelve years as Chair of the UD Department of Engineering of Engineering Technology, where he was responsible for leadership of five baccalaureate engineering technology programs, and approximately 300 full and part-time students. His areas of interest include distance and asynchronous learning, technical communications, technology in education, international education, and continuous improvement in the learning environment. Prior to this position, he spent fourteen years as Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering Technology at Penn State University. He earned an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering, a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Segalewitz is active in professional societies including the American Society for Engineering Education, (ASEE), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is has also served as a program evaluator for ABET since 1991, spent four years on the TAC of ABET Commission, and is the immediate past chair of the ASEE Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA).

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Seven Years of Success in Implementation of a 3 + 1 Transfer Program in Engineering Technology Between Universities in China and the Unites States Author Name US_SchoolAbstractAn Agreement of Cooperation between CN_School and the US_School to establish transfer andjoint BS programs in Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) and Manufacturing EngineeringTechnology (MFG) was signed in 2003. The plan initially called for development of a “3 + 1 +1 course” transfer program whereby the first three years of the program are taught in China byCN_School faculty, and the last year of the program is taught by US_School faculty in US_City,State. This was to be followed by one course to be taught by US_School faculty in China. At theconclusion of the program, students would receive baccalaureate degrees from both CN_Schooland the US_School.The principal agreement was signed by administrators at the respective institutions, while facultywere charged to later develop the details. Since this program was on a “fast-track” toimplementation, faculty at CN_School and US_School worked simultaneously to buildrelationships, modify curricula, and mentor enrolled students. The first cohort of students wasrecruited and enrolled in the joint degree program at CN_School just five months followingsigning of the agreement, and began their Junior year at the US_School in the Fall 2006 semester.During the initial years of the program, faculty at US_School closely assessed the students’qualifications and outcomes, and either recommended changes in the curriculum to CN_School,or modified the US_School curriculum for CN_School students. The program morphed from theinitial concept to a “3 + 1” program where students study for three years at CN_School, followedby one calendar year (three semesters) at US_School.Teaching in higher education is quite different between China and the United States. Tocontinue development of the program, CN_School annually sends faculty to US_School for asemester to learn about teaching and student learning in the United States. Additionally,US_School annually sends faculty to teach at CN_School for a 4-5 week period to help preparestudents for learning technical courses in English, and to better prepare them for learning at anAmerican institution.Today, over 100 students in seven cohorts have completed the joint program. The success rate ofthe program is very high with all but one student in seven cohorts enrolling at US_Schoolreaching graduation. Furthermore, nearly 50% of the students have continued on to graduateschool, while the remaining returned to China to work in a technical field. The programcontinues to evolve as CN_School students increase their technical education while US_Schoolstudents learn about working on diverse multinational teams.Potential Session topics:  International Exchange/Joint Programs in engineering education  Engineering education for a flat world  Engineering education in China todayNOTE: Institution names have been omitted to facilitate a double-blind review, per requirements cited in Appendix C of the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Author’s Kit. However, since they are integral to the project, they will be returned once the abstract review process is complete. In the paper, CN_School and US_School will be replaced by the proper institution names.

Segalewitz, S. I. (2013, June), Seven Years of Success in Implementation of a 3 + 1 Transfer Program in Engineering Technology Between Universities in China and the Unites States Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22452

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