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The Non-Curriculum Challenges and Opportunities of Administering a U.S.-Based M.S. Degree in Kilimanjaro, Africa

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Continuing Education for Faculty

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Mitchell L. Springer PMP, SPHR Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Dr. Mitchell L. Springer

Dr. Springer currently serves as an Executive Director for Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has over 35 years of theoretical and industry-based practical experience from four disciplines: Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Program Management and Human Resources. Dr. Springer possesses a significant strength in pattern recognition, analyzing and improving organizational systems. He is internationally recognized, has contributed to scholarship more than 200 books, articles, presentations and reviews on software development methodologies, management, organizational change, and program management. Dr. Springer sits on many university and community boards and advisory committees. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions; most recently he was awarded the Purdue University, College of Technology, Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Award. Dr. Springer is the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, as well as the President-Elect of the Indiana Council for Continuing Education.

Dr. Springer received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, his MBA and Doctorate in Adult and Community Education with a Cognate in Executive Development from Ball State University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR & SHRM-SCP), in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), and, in civil and domestic mediation. He is a State of Indiana Registered domestic mediator.

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Kari L. Clase Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Kari Clase is a Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation in the Polytechnic Institute and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. Dr. Clase is also the Director of the Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science (BIRS) Center. The mission of the BIRS Center is to develop global programs to ensure sustainable access to medicines for Africa and developing nations, and to advance discovery in manufacturing technology, quality of medicines, and rare disease research. This mission is accomplished through innovative knowledge-based programs in STEM areas with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Clase teaches multiple courses covering topics in biotechnology, bioinformatics, drug discovery and development to engineers, scientists and technologists. Her currently funded projects include collaborators from multiple disciplines and an impact that spans K-12 to graduate education.

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Lauren Ann Terruso Purdue University

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Lauren Terruso is the Operations Manager of the Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science Center in Discovery Park at Purdue University.

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In the world of pharmaceuticals, regulatory science is an emerging field that has goals of developing tools, drugs, devices, and practices to increase benefit and lower risk concerning safety, quality control, and effectiveness. The dangers of having a subpar, or non-existent, regulatory science practice can be costly at best, or lethal at worst. Formal education at the graduate level to train professionals is a relatively new field. Research has been done on the practice of regulatory science, and on the institutions educating these scientists. Purdue’s investment, in particular, has the ultimate goal of getting sustainable medicine to Africa. The collaboration of Purdue’s Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science program with the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy is helping to provide good regulatory practices in Africa.

Designing an applicable, theoretically sound and pragmatically implementable curriculum was the first step. This curriculum has been discussed in a previous paper on this topic. The risks of attending class through war torn territories, lack of information technology infrastructure, language, cultural implications, and the payment of tuition and fees are but a few, and perhaps most administratively challenging, of the challenges and opportunities yet to be documented and presented. This paper, therefore, focuses on the many non-curriculum challenges and opportunities of delivering a U.S.-based M.S. degree in Kilimanjaro, Africa. A program individuals risked their lives to participate in.

Springer, M. L., & Clase, K. L., & Terruso, L. A. (2017, June), The Non-Curriculum Challenges and Opportunities of Administering a U.S.-Based M.S. Degree in Kilimanjaro, Africa Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28989

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