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Six 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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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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17.42.1 - 17.42.3



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Scott I. Segalewitz University of Dayton

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Scott Segalewitz, P.E. is Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at the University of Dayton. Since 2000, he has been responsible for leadership of five baccalaureate engineering technology programs, and approximately 300 full and part-time students. Under his direction, the Department of Engineering Technology has enhanced the use of learning technologies, expanded its articulations with international institutions and local community colleges, and initiated a program for video/web conference delivery of upper-level engineering technology classes to location-bound 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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Six Years of Success in Implementation of a 3 + 1 Transfer Program in Engineering Technology Between Universities in China and the Unites States Scott Segalewitz University of DaytonAbstractAn Agreement of Cooperation between Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) and the Universityof Dayton (UD) to establish transfer and joint BS programs in Electronic EngineeringTechnology (EET) and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFG) was signed in 2003. Theplan initially called for development of a “3 + 1 + 1 course” transfer program whereby the firstthree years of the program are taught in China by Shanghai Normal University faculty, and thelast year of the program is taught by University of Dayton faculty in Dayton, OH. This was to befollowed by one course to be taught by University of Dayton faculty in China. At the conclusionof the program, students would receive baccalaureate degrees from both Shanghai NormalUniversity and the University of Dayton.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 Shanghai Normal University and University of Dayton workedsimultaneously to build relationships, modify curricula, and mentor enrolled students. The firstcohort of students was recruited and enrolled in the joint degree program at Shanghai NormalUniversity just five months following signing of the agreement, and began their Junior year atthe UD in the Fall 2006 semester.During the initial years of the program, faculty at UD closely assessed the students’qualifications and outcomes, and either recommended changes in the curriculum to SHNU, ormodified the UD curriculum for SHNU students. The program morphed from the initial conceptto a “3 + 1” program where students study for three years at SHNU, followed by one calendaryear (three semesters) at UD.Teaching in higher education is quite different between China and the United States. Tocontinue development of the program, SHNU annually sends faculty to UD for a semester tolearn about teaching and student learning in the United States. Additionally, UD annually sendsfaculty to teach at SHNU for a 4-5 week period to help prepare students for learning technicalcourses in English, and to better prepare them for learning at an American institution.Today, over 100 students in six cohorts have completed the joint program. The success rate ofthe program is very high with nearly 50% of the students continuing on to graduate school, andthe remaining returning to China to work in a technical field. The program continues to evolveas SHNU students increase their technical education while UD students learn about working ondiverse multinational teams.Proposed session track: Curriculum and Laboratory Development

Segalewitz, S. I. (2012, June), Six 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 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17073

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