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The Community College Baccalaureate and Iron Range Engineering: Limiting Rural Brain Drain in Northeastern Minnesota by Offering a Hands-On Baccalaureate Degree on a Community College Campus


2011 2011

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Two educational organizations have collaborated on a nationally recognized, innovative, project-centered engineering curriculum for the third and fourth year of a baccalaureate degree in which hands-on experiences and industry-sponsored projects are the fundamental component of the degree. The Iron Range Engineering (IRE) program curriculum is of a type that has never been attempted in the state of Minnesota. This program creates a career pathway for engineering students in rural northeastern Minnesota in the hopes to help stop rural brain drain in an area of Minnesota losing its young human capital in alarming numbers. IRE also provides access to a baccalaureate degree in engineering on a community college campus of the Northeast (Minnesota) Higher Education District by partnering with Minnesota State University, Mankato. The heart of this curricular innovation is a shift from a conventional classroom learning environment to industry-style learning environments where baccalaureate-level students will work on real-world projects alongside practicing engineers. These projects are not merely internships or field trips. They are in fact the very content of the curriculum, experienced by students in a competency-based, experiential approach never before used for engineering education in Minnesota. This descriptive case study allows the first generation cohort of students to describe in their own words the Iron Range Engineering program. Ten findings that describe the Iron Range Engineering program emerged. Implications for community college baccalaureate delivery are discussed, and future research possibilities are presented.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Community college education;
Educational leadership;
Higher education;
Community colleges;
Brain drain;
Rural areas
Classification
0275: Community college education
0449: Educational leadership
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Brain drain; Community college baccalaureate; Engineering; Experiential learning; Iron range engineering; Minnesota; Project-based learning; Rural brain drain; Rural education
Title
The Community College Baccalaureate and Iron Range Engineering: Limiting Rural Brain Drain in Northeastern Minnesota by Offering a Hands-On Baccalaureate Degree on a Community College Campus
Author
Janezich, Trent Patrick
Number of pages
140
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0130
Source
DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124670973
Advisor
Guldbrandsen, Frank; Hyman, Randy
Committee member
Damme, Sue; Rauschenfels, Diane
University/institution
University of Minnesota
Department
Teaching and Learning
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3457083
ProQuest document ID
873812793
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/873812793
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