June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Electrical and Computer
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Starting from “Scratch” – A Summary of Experiences in the First Year of the Collaborative Electrical Engineering Program between Missouri University of Science and Technology and Missouri State University Introduction
Over the past several years, economic growth in southwest Missouri in general, and in the vicinity of Springfield, Missouri, in particular, has led to an increased demand for engineers in this region. As the area grew, engineering firms and other employers of engineers in southwest Missouri began to express concerns about the availability of engineering graduates. A survey indicated that the two fields of most demand in southwest Missouri were Civil and Electrical Engineering.
The nearest university engineering program was in Rolla, Missouri at Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T), formerly the University of Missouri at Rolla. Missouri State University (MSU), at Springfield, had a pre-engineering program which allowed students to take classes in engineering fundamentals at MSU for two years and then transfer to Rolla. However, in spite of the demand for engineers, the cost of developing a stand-alone engineering program at MSU seemed cost prohibitive and needlessly redundant with Missouri S&T relatively close to Springfield.
Ultimately, with the support of the regional engineering community, officials from the two schools began to meet to discuss the development of a collaborative engineering program.
This culminated on August 21, 2006, when Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, along with the Curators of the University of Missouri, the Chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), and the President of Missouri State University (MSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that allowed Missouri S&T to offer bachelor’s degrees in Civil and Electrical Engineering on the MSU campus.
Memorandum of Understanding
Key issues in the Memorandum of Understanding were:
1. The degrees in both Civil and Electrical Engineering will be Missouri S&T degrees and will be the same degree programs as are already offered on the Rolla campus. The diplomas will read Missouri University of Science and Technology in cooperation with Missouri State University.
2. The degree programs will be ABET accredited.
3. Courses in the program will be offered through a combination of on-site and internet delivery. Courses will be taught by a combination of Missouri S&T and MSU faculty.
Egbert, R. (2009, June), Starting From Scratch: A Summary Of Experiences In The First Year Of The Collaborative Electrical Engineering Program Between Missouri University Of Science And Technology And Missouri State University Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4514
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