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Enrollment Challenges and "Best Practices" of Selected Two-Year College's Electronic and Manufacturing Programs.

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The primary purpose of the study was to identify successful electronic and manufacturing engineering programs at two-year colleges that Northeast Community College (a pseudonym) programs can be benched marked against. The project examined two-year college programs for increased enrollment and the number of graduates for the academic years 2000 to 2005 to determine what factors caused those programs to be successful. Data were collected from two-year colleges for enrollment increases for the electronic and manufacturing programs. Data were collected in two parts. Part 1 data were collected from Ohio two-year colleges. For part II, data were collected from two-year colleges outside the state of Ohio. Three Ohio colleges and three two-year colleges outside the state of Ohio were selected to participate in this project based upon enrollment increases and "best practices". Tables were constructed showing the description of the electronic and manufacturing engineering programs and the year for review. A secondary goal was to ask two-year college administrators to report on reasons for increases to determine if their ability to increase enrollment provides any suggestions on how Northeast Community College can do the same. The reasons for success will show "best practices" for that particular two-year college. For Ohio two-year colleges, one commonality surfaced for "best practices"-- the importance of Industrial Advisory committees. For non-Ohio two-year College, there were no commonalities for "best practices" reported as responses varied greatly by college administrators. (Contains 7 tables.)

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Author:Jones, Gwendolyn; Hall, Robert A.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Author abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 12, 2007
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