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Title: Build It and Will They Come?: Refurbishing and Restoring an ECET Curriculum PDF
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Creator: Eppes, Tom
Schuyler, Peter
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Since the 1990s, nationwide enrollment in engineering technology programs has been declining. It has become increasing difficult to attract and retain students. A number of reasons have been attributed to this trend including; outdated curricula, loss of manufacturing jobs, off-shoring of jobs and a weak economy. As a result, competition to enroll students interested in these programs is fierce and has become crucial to maintain a viable and attractive curriculum. The Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) department at the University of Hartford is completing a major restructuring of its degree programs. We currently offer two Bachelor of Science programs: Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) and Computer Engineering Technology (CET). The restructuring was needed to improve student recruiting and better prepare graduates for industry. The full-time and adjunct faculties of the department with assistance from its industrial advisory board (IAB) worked collaboratively over the past year to develop and implement the changes to the curriculum The restructuring was based on the conclusion that we needed to change both what was being taught and how it was being taught. Leading us was our mission that technology programs, by nature, must equip graduates with "hands-on" skills that make them immediately useful in entrylevel positions in industry. In addition, our curricula must keep pace with the rapidly changing fields within electronics and computer technology. We believe the new curriculum and pedagogy will accomplish that. The restructuring consisted of course deletions, significant course modifications and many new courses. In addition, course tracks were formed within each program. For EET, there are now two tracks: Mechatronics, Communications and Networks, and for CET Programming and Microprocessor tracks are included.



This paper describes the details of our curricula restructuring efforts and the key changes designed to improve marketability, retention, and pedagogy. Our goal is to revitalize the programs in electronics and computer engineering technology and reverse declining enrollments.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Curriculum
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Public relations -- College publicity. Recruiting
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electronics -- Applications of electronics -- Computer engineering. Computer hardware
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Computer science
Electrical engineering
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
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Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
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Technical School First Cycle
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Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-08-31 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-19 22:28:50 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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