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The Case for On-Line College Education - a work in progress

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Engineering Management In The Classroom

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Engineering Management

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23.1170.1 - 23.1170.15



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Brian E. White CAU-SES

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Brian E. White received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, and S.M. and S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. He served in the United States Air Force, and for 8 years was at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory. For five years Dr. White was a principal engineering manager at Signatron, Inc. In his 28 years at The MITRE Corporation, he held a variety of senior professional staff and project/resource management positions. He was Director of MITRE's Systems Engineering Process Office, 2003-2009. Dr. White left MITRE in July, 2010, to offer a consulting service, CAU-SES ("Complexity Are Us" - Systems Engineering Strategies).

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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S. Jimmy Gandhi is currently an assistant professor in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management (MSEM) Department at California State University, Northridge. He teaches courses in quality management, entrepreneurship and systems engineering. Prior to coming to Cal State, he was with the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology and also taught at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Gandhi has research interests in the fields of globalization, risk management and sustainability. He is an active member of ASEM, ASEE and participates in their conferences on a yearly basis. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Engineering Management from California State University, Northridge and a B.S. in Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Draft 219 Sep 12B. E. White The Case for On-Line College Education B. E. White and S. J. GandhiAbstractThe principal benefit of an on-line college education is to greatly increase the likelihood of a productiveadult life without having to attend on-site college classes while incurring the associated exorbitanttuition and high living costs that have become largely unaffordable for the majority of aspirants. Withtoday’s internet technology and social networking capabilities it is quite feasible to provide superioreducational opportunities for a much larger and more diverse population of young people. The on-linemedium is also an ideal venue for innovation in education and serves as a great source of information(through surveys) to further improve modern educational techniques and methods. If a sufficientnumber of students avail themselves of an on-line college education, over time, the gap between thehaves and have-nots in our society could be narrowed significantly. In addition, because more educatedpeople tend to have fewer children and become more tolerant of others, this will put less pressure onglobal resources and positively affect our overall quality of life. This paper will explore the viability ofthese notions through further elaboration, the gathering and reporting of supporting data, theapplication of relevant fundamentals from complexity theory, and finally, stimulating analogies aboutcomplex system behaviors and principles of complex systems engineering, all to help influence a positivetransformation in the mindsets of students, professors, and college educators.

White, B. E., & Gandhi, S. J. (2013, June), The Case for On-Line College Education - a work in progress Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22555

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