June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Two Year College Division
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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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