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Three Examples of a New Industry-authored Flexible Plan B.S. Degree

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 2

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R. Andrew Schaffer Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Andy Schaffer is Associate Dean for Statewide at Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. Andy oversees the nine Location Polytechnic Statewide, which serves approximately 1,200 Purdue students outside of Purdue's main campus. He also is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering Technology.

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John Carlson Red Gold

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Four generations of the Reichart family have been producing premium quality tomato products since 1942, when it began producing tomato products for the soldiers overseas. Since then Red Gold has become the largest privately-owned tomato processor in the nation with three state-of-the-art facilities in Elwood, Geneva, and Orestes, Indiana. The company also boasts a million square foot distribution center in Orestes and operates a wholly-owned subsidiary RG Transport trucking fleet in Elwood. Partnering with over 50 family farms across Indiana, southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio to sustainably produce premium quality canned tomatoes, ketchup, sauces, salsas, and juices for foodservice, private brands, export, co-pack and club channels of distribution. The Red Gold family of consumer brands includes Red Gold, Redpack, Tuttorosso, and Sacramento. Exceptional quality and operational excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: “To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world.”

JOHN CARLSON is a co-author of the New Industry-Authored Flexible Plan BS Degree. He is the Corporate Training Coach at Red Gold. He serves in training, development, coaching and mentoring across all 5 Red Gold sites, all located in Indiana. He can be reached at

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This paper significantly expands a paper presented at the 2017 ASEE-CIEC Conference. That CIEC paper outlined a template for a new BS degree, “Multidisciplinary Technology” (MDT), that features a flexible plan of study. MDT allows company partners considerable input into degree course requirements to meet unique employee education needs, which may differ from traditional academic plans of study. This new paper for ASEE 2018 presents the specific course requirements for three unique MDT plans of study which have been developed since the CIEC paper. One plan is with Red Gold, the U.S.'s largest privately-owned tomato processor. Another plan is with Subaru at its US based automotive assembly plant. A third plan is with another major automotive company and affiliated suppliers, which prefer to remain unnamed. Additionally, the unnamed companies' plan of study meshes with another college’s AS degree to create a “2+2” AS-to-BS program. This paper will outline the process used to develop the plans, present the specific subject requirements for each new plan of study, and briefly discuss the companies’ employee development rationale in building an MDT plan of study. This paper will be of interest to CIPD members who wish to explore new approaches that assist industry in meeting employee education and development needs.

Schaffer, R. A., & Carlson, J. (2018, June), Three Examples of a New Industry-authored Flexible Plan B.S. Degree Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31140

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