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Systematic Development Of Successful Innovative Programs

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.923.1 - 6.923.10

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Satinderpaul Devgan

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Session 1432

Systematic Development of Successful Innovative Programs Satinderpaul Singh Devgan Tennessee State University

Abstract An analysis of national critical technologies and the grand challenges indicates that two of the most critical technologies are manufacturing, and information and communications. Also the employment opportunities in the future are for professional with background in system development or system integration. Thus it is very important to systematically analyze the industry needs and understand the expectations from the graduate before developing new programs. This paper describes two such unique graduate programs that were developed through a systematic analysis of national critical technologies, future manpower demand projections, academic and research background of our faculty, and the interests of our students. The M.S. program in Computer and Information Systems Engineering (CISE), an interdisciplinary field that integrates different aspects of computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, systems engineering and information systems, was implemented in fall 1997. It has since experienced a phenomenal growth in student enrollment. A Ph.D. in CISE program, which builds on the master’s program as its core, has since been developed and approved for implementation.

1. Introduction

The goal of the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science at Tennessee State University is to offer educational programs that support the mission of the University and its governing board, which is "an educated Tennessee." It is therefore our mission to offer educational programs that will prepare our graduates for high paying future careers that address the needs of our society. This paper describes systematic development of two unique graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Systems Engineering (CISE) and successful implementation of the master's program.

2. Background

Tennessee State University, as a comprehensive, major urban and land grant university, offers degree programs from B.S. level leading up to Ph.D. degrees through eight colleges and schools. The College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science offers ABET accredited B.S. degree programs in Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. It also offers a Master of Engineering and a unique Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems Engineering (M. S. in CISE), which was initiated in fall 1997. The M. S. in CISE program has since experienced a 600 % growth in student enrollment.

The College has 35 faculty members of whom 85 percent hold Ph.D. degrees. Over 50 percent of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering faculty are pursuing funded research. The College has a well-established Center for Neural Engineering that is funded by the Office of Naval Research

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Devgan, S. (2001, June), Systematic Development Of Successful Innovative Programs Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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