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ERIC Number: EJ1157409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
Case Study of a Discontinued Start-Up Engineering Program: Critical Challenges and Lessons Learned
Friess, Wilhelm A.
Higher Education Review, v49 n3 p5-26 Sum 2017
The explanatory case study presented here analyzes the factors that have contributed to the failure of a start-up engineering program launched at an off-campus site, and aimed at imparting the first two years of the BSc Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Civil Engineering utilizing an integrated curriculum. Findings indicate the root cause for insufficient recruitment (eleven students per cohort) was a low number of rising engineering students in the geographical area of influence, with incidental factors being the non-residential and non-degree granting nature of the program. Findings also show that the root cause for low program retention (36 per cent) was a mismatch between the program capabilities and the specific needs of the students attracted to the program. The causal analysis of this case study of program failure provides insights that can inform the design of similar programs in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine
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