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Systems Engineering Graduate Education for Veterans -‐ A Pilot Program Abstract In August 2009, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began a new program of educational benefits for veterans. The program expanded the post-‐secondary educational benefits available to veterans who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. At the same time, there were growing concerns about the adequacy of the future U.S. engineering and science workforce. The post-‐9/11 veterans' educational benefit created an opportunity for the U.S. to expand its technical workforce while serving those who served. Post-‐9/11 veterans include a diverse and qualified pool of future talent for the nation's engineering and science employers. Ushering them into technical fields requires a community of partnerships between the veterans, the nation's educational institutions, technology firms, the government's technical and scientific organizations, and others. This paper focuses on an NSF-‐funded project that was formulated to develop a customized pilot Accelerated Masters Program in Systems Engineering for veterans (AMP-‐V), built upon the ideas developed at an NSF-‐sponsored workshop “Veterans' Education for Engineering and Science” posted on NSF's web site. The program is based upon an existing program, but modified along the lines of the principles established at the NSF workshop for tailoring educational programs toward the career development interests and special needs of veterans. This tailoring was done with the specific intention of developing approaches for implementation that can be used as a basis to expand the pilot program within the University and for other institutions to use as a starting point as well. Accordingly, this program included new approaches for: • Providing a path for veterans with any bachelors degree to gain a masters degree in systems engineering within a relatively short time period, and have immediate opportunity for meaningful and rewarding engineering jobs. • Providing a schedule for completing the requirements for a masters degree in as little as one year while permitting employment while completing the program. • Developing a group of AMP-‐V program stakeholders who are interested in hiring the UVa students upon graduation. • Developing a curriculum that the stakeholders find of greatest potential value and can be sensibly integrated into the curriculum. • Developing for attracting veterans into the program. • Providing preparatory courses as a preamble to the AMP-‐V program that serve to either ready those who have never taken the required prerequisite courses or to refresh those who have already taken those courses, but do not feel academic-‐ready. Veterans are already realizing benefits from their advanced degree in systems engineering, as evidenced by both employment opportunities and career opportunities. As the AMP-‐V program continues to produce new graduates, future data collection efforts will start to calibrate program value as determined from the perspectives of students, employers, and the University. This paper elaborates on the three year effort for an AMP-‐V program, including the program planning, re-‐planning, evaluation and documentation efforts over two full cycles of program delivery.
Smith, M. C., & Horowitz, B., & Brett, T. S. (2013, June), Systems Engineering Graduate Education for Veterans - A Pilot Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22513
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