UC CEAS is a Sonic Foundry Finalist in the 2013 Rich Media Impact Awards for its dual enrollment program in collaboration with 12 local high schools. The awards are to be announced Wednesday, April 29, during Unleash 2013.
The dual enrollment program is completed via distance learning using Sonic Foundry, Inc.’s Mediasite, an enterprise video platform. Sonic Foundry’s Rich Media Impact award recognizes academic excellence in higher education through video and provides an opportunity for students to reach their full potential through online, blended or distance learning. Eugene Rutz, PhD, CEAS professor, and creator of the dual enrollment program, is pleased to provide local high school students with the opportunity to get a jump-start on their engineering education.
The UC program started in 2007 when 4 high schools—Harrison, Mother of Mercy, Mt. Notre Dame, and Princeton High Schools—began offering a CEAS introduction to engineering course to seniors. Currently, 13 schools and over 500 students participate in the program. High Schools participating in the program include: Anderson, Edgewood, Harrison, Kings, Madison Plains, Mother of Mercy, Mt. Notre Dame, Oak Hills, Princeton, Roger Bacon, St. Ursula Academy, Turpin, and Ursuline Academy.
This year, for the first time, high school students are able to take the introduction to engineering course as a dual enrollment option, earning high school credit and UC credit for the ENED 1020 Engineering Foundations course. CEAS now offers a total of two engineering courses and the university itself also offers dual enrollment courses for Calculus and English.
To date, the program has experienced success in increasing the college’s engineering enrollment, especially among female and minority students. As previously mentioned, the response to the program is greater than Rutz anticipated with student participants now totaling 500. Additionally, studies have consistently shown that individuals who participate in a dual enrollment program such as this are often more likely to succeed in a college setting. It also provides students who are unsure of their ability to be successful in engineering with the opportunity to participate in engineering courses prior to enrolling in a degree program at a university.
Jason Shields, Mathematics teacher at Kings High School, says, “The UC partnership transforms students from being apprehensive and fearful to passionate and determined about engineering. They come into our program at the beginning wondering if engineering is the right career for them and leave with focus and commitment. My students are truly excited to find their calling and career. Our students don’t just merely study what engineers do, they actually do engineering.
Before I started the program with UC, I had only taught mathematics courses and had no experience with engineering. The online video component and curriculum from UC allowed me to tap into a wealth of knowledge at UC. This has given my students a deeper understanding of engineering that I could not have given them without the UC program. And since the program’s inception, I have had an average of 75 students each year with 70% of those students pursuing an engineering major at college.”