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The 4+1 Program and Distance Learning Meeting Objectives and OutcomesAbstractGraduate engineering education is a key to the maintenance of U.S. competitiveness inthe world market. The world has been an extremely dynamic engine during the last fiftyyears, and we have witnessed a dramatic change in the world order. The change hasbeen evolutionary in many cases, but events in Eastern Europe, the Middle East andthe erstwhile Soviet Union are only slightly less cataclysmic than the Second WorldWar. In a world where strength is measured in terms of the financial resource, thetechnological ability and the intellectual capability of a populace Japan, China, India andthe EEC are poised to make further strides, while the U.S. is slipping when measuredby a number of economic and educational indicatorsThe 4 + 1 Program is an accelerated route to the professional MS degree. In manyevolving technical areas, four years is not enough time for the formal education of anengineer about to enter a lifelong career of professional practice, even when theindividual is committed to life long learning. The 4 + 1 program started in the GeneralEngineering program in 1998 and now allows General Engineering, AeronauticalEngineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering,Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Civil andEnvironmental Engineering, and Materials Engineering students to progress toward theterminal applied MS in Engineering degree appropriate to their interests, or in existingspecializations in Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering,Integrated Technology Management, while still undergraduates.This paper summarizes the results of an assessment of the 4+1 program in theBiomedical and General Engineering Department. It is contrasted with a coupleddistance learning program for several industrial partners. In the distance learningprogram, on-campus and off-campus cadres share a synchronous program of classes.The paper describes the results of a study that used both direct and indirect measuresto assess the level of success the 4+1 program and the distance learning program. Itreports the persistence, time to degree and career indicators of 4+1 students vis-à-visother students in their cohorts and in the distance learning cadre. Data indicates that theprogram has provided benefit for its participants, and remains strongly supported bystudents, faculty and industry.
Walsh, D. W., & Griffin, L., & Crockett, R. S. (2011, June), The 4+1 Program and Distance Learning Meeting Objectives and Outcomes Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18731
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