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Sharing Best Practices Toward Seamless Transfer of Engineering Students

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Two Year College Division Poster Session

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Two Year College Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

26.1369.1 - 26.1369.8

DOI

10.18260/p.24706

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https://peer.asee.org/24706

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65

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Peter Golding University of Texas, El Paso

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Golding is Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership at the University of Texas, El Paso.

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Oscar H. Salcedo University of Texas, El Paso

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Salcedo has his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, his Master of Arts in Political Science, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education. He is the Director of Corporate Relations for the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso and a Coordinator for the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems.

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Mike Thomas Pitcher University of Texas, El Paso

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Mike Pitcher is the Director of Academic Technologies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has studied in both a traditional university program and the new online learning model, which he uses in his current position consulting with faculty about the design of new learning experiences. His experiences with technology and teaching started in 1993 when he was a student lab technician, and has continued to expand and grow. Pitcher currently works in one of the most technologically outstanding buildings in the region, where he provides support to students, faculty, and staff in implementing technology inside and outside the classroom. He researches new engineering education strategies as well as the technologies to support the 21st century classroom (online and face to face).

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Oscar Antonio Perez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Oscar Perez received his B.S. and Master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso with a special focus on data communications. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Perez has been teaching the Basic Engineering course for over 7 years. He led the design for the development of the new Basic Engineering course for engineering at UTEP and developed more than 5 new courses. He has worked with the UTeach program at UTEP since its creation to streamline the transition process for engineering students from local area high schools to college. He currently works on maintaining, upgrading and designing new computer classroom systems. He enjoys working with people and technology in the same environment.
Perez also has eight years of professional experience as an Electrical and Computer Engineer, providing technical support to faculty and students utilizing UGLC classrooms and auditoriums.

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Mariano Olmos El Paso Community College

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Mariano Olmos is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Department at El Paso Community College. He earned his B.S. (1988) and M.S. (1992) degrees in Electrical Engineering and another M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1999), all from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Olmos is currently an Associate Professor at El Paso Community College, and his fields of interest are in MATLAB GUI applications, Robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers, and gas engines.

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Tonie Badillo El Paso Community College

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Ms. Tonie Badillo is a Division Dean at the Valle Verde campus of El Paso Community College. She is the administrative liaison for the Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) and Clint ISD Early College Academy (CECA).
Prior to becoming a Division Dean, Badillo was the Early College High School Initiatives Coordinator at El Paso Community College. From 2005 to 2010, she served as Faculty Liaison for Mission ECHS. She is an Associate Professor in English as a Second Language and was the discipline’s faculty coordinator at the Mission del Paso campus from 2004 to 2011.
Badillo was an instructor for the Americana Language Programs and an instructor and coordinator for Workforce Development. She has been employed full-time by the College since 1999 and was tenured in 2008.
Badillo earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Linguistics at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is also a certified translator.

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Abstract

Sharing Best Practices Toward Seamless Transfer of Engineering StudentsA best practices partnership between El Paso Community College (EPCC) and TheUniversity of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is making a positive difference by supportingstudents’ transfer and engineering degree attainment. Our students benefit as the result ofa sustained partnership between the El Paso higher education institutions and theirengineering programs. EPCC and UTEP have instituted common application, carefuladvising, comprehensive articulation of engineering degree plans, and common courseinstruction, methods and assessments. Students can readily transfer between the two- andfour-year institutions. Students studying engineering transfer back-and-forward betweeninstitutions, supporting their retention and graduation.The partnership began in 2007 when engineering program administrators established ataskforce on transfer (and reverse transfer). The taskforce identified the major challengesfacing our students. As one example, program advising did not include transfer support.As another example, degree alignment appeared haphazard, especially to students. Oncethe barriers to success were identified, the partnering institutions proceeded to worktogether to introduced (for example, shared advising practices, and comprehensivearticulation of engineering courses and degree programs.Comprehensive articulation agreements were signed in 2009, and we now have 5 years ofexperience in instituting the partnership agreements. Students average 60-credit hours oftransfer (3-credit hours per course) from EPCC to UTEP, and complete their degrees withan average of about 150-credit hours of course work (EPCC and UTEP). Degreerequirements are typically 128-credit hours. The fraction of UTEP students graduatingwho commenced at EPCC has grown from 40 in AY 2008-09, out of 261 total UTEPengineering graduates (15-% of all UTEP graduates in engineering), to 66 in AY 2012-13, out of 306 total UTEP engineering graduates (22-% of all UTEP graduates inengineering). Detailed data analyses will be included in the manuscript.The success of the partnership has won the Texas Higher Education Coordinating BoardSTAR award for transfer partnerships. The EPCC-UTEP partnership was recognized as abest practice and regularly used as a model in establishing engineering articulationagreements between 2- and 4-year institutions across the state of Texas. The latter is notinstituted, following a successful “Tuning Texas” project completed as part of a LuminaFoundation enterprise to enhance transfer between two- and four-year institutions. Futurepathways being contemplated in the EPCC-UTEP partnership include introducing a newundergraduate engineering leadership degree, the first of its kind in the nation, andteaching of engineering in early college high schools in the El Paso region, to fosterSTEM pathways and provide college credit prior to graduation from high school.

Golding, P., & Salcedo, O. H., & Pitcher, M. T., & Perez, O. A., & Olmos, M., & Badillo, T. (2015, June), Sharing Best Practices Toward Seamless Transfer of Engineering Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24706

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