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The Importance Of Honors Scholars Programs In Engineering Technology Education

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Innovative Curriculum & non-Technical Skills

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Engineering Technology

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11.1302.1 - 11.1302.10



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George Suckarieh University of Cincinnati

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Dr. George Suckarieh is a Full Professor of Construction Science at University of Cincinnati College of Applied Science. Dr. Suckarieh received a PhD in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Ohio State University. He directs/coordinates UC Honors Scholars Program at the college and is a member of the University Honors Council. He teaches courses in Construction Management and Productivity Improvement. Dr. Suckarieh is Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineer, American Institute of Constructors. He serves as a council member in the City of Madeira Ohio.

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Kathleen Ossman University of Cincinnati

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Dr. Kathleen Ossman is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at the University of Cincinnati. She received a BSEE and MSEE from Georgia Tech in 1982 and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1986. Her interests include feedback control systems and digital signal processing.

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The Importance of Honors Scholars Programs in Engineering Technology Education


This paper discusses the University Honors Scholars Program at College of Applied Science, University of Cincinnati. It presents the requirements for graduating from the program, and discusses how these requirements are used to enrich the educational experiences of honors technology students in the program as well as promoting faculty scholarship. It also presents a range of activities and research that involved honors students and faculty to promote the education of all engineering technology students.

1. Introduction

Undergraduate Honors Scholars Programs when well conceived, act as catalysts for improving educational processes and for motivating all students in engineering technology programs. In the absence of graduate education, honors programs provide opportunities to motivate students and faculty to promote rich educational environment through research and innovative teaching pedagogies.

College of Applied Science at University of Cincinnati has long suffered from the absence of graduate programs. As such, support for applied scientific research that enhance the knowledge objectives of the programs lagged behind. Enhancing cognitive objectives of the programs was limited to what faculty read in literatures, captured from conferences or assimilated from casual consulting that they conducted. The increase of administrative support to University Honors Scholars program in the college reversed this limitation. In the program, Honors students and faculty participated in scholarly activities and applied research. In addition, faculty collaborated in several educational communities that improved teaching pedagogies, resulted in real enriching experiences to faculty and students alike, and significantly contributed to the betterment of education of the students.

At College of Applied Science, faculty and students collaborations in the Honors program took on various forms. Collaborative applied research with industry, like the formation of knowledge base that captured the experience of company professionals, provided new opportunities for enhancing students’ education. Faculty community “Problem Based Learning” enriched the cultural and educational experience of the students. Pilot programs like “Assessment with Portfolios” helped in developing formative and summative experiences of honors students and in verifying portfolios’ usefulness for all the students in the college. These enriching experiences promoted the technology programs to a new level and partially filled the gap in learning and teaching created by lack of graduate programs. The sudden surge of participation of Honors

Suckarieh, G., & Ossman, K. (2006, June), The Importance Of Honors Scholars Programs In Engineering Technology Education Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--145

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