From Co-op to  Career Development “ Reforming the First-Year Engineering Experience” University of Notre Dame August 2-4, ...
<ul><li>Traditional cooperative education program established in 1940: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory </li></ul></ul><ul>...
From Co-op to  Career Development <ul><li>How to reach more students? </li></ul><ul><li>How to prepare them earlier? </li>...
From Co-op to  Career Development <ul><li>First step – work smarter, not harder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a foundation ...
From Co-op to  Career Development <ul><li>Second step – offer more options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall, 2007:  “Professiona...
From Co-op to  Career Development <ul><li>Same platform under the hood: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fulltime enrollment </li></u...
From Co-op to  Career Development <ul><li>Results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 = 250 co-ops . . . . . 2009 = 600 co-ops + i...
From Co-op to  Career Development <ul><li>Next steps:  Fall, 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Projects in Service Le...
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First Year Engineering Experience, Notre Dame, August 2009

  1. 1. From Co-op to Career Development “ Reforming the First-Year Engineering Experience” University of Notre Dame August 2-4, 2009 Helen Oloroso, Assistant Dean McCormick Office of Career Development
  2. 2. <ul><li>Traditional cooperative education program established in 1940: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfectly balanced alternating schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarter system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Became optional in 1960 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steady state enrollments of approx. 250 undergrads each year (30% of eligible students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“All or nothing” (Nothing available for non co-ops) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fulltime enrollment/zero tuition/zero credit </li></ul></ul>From Co-op to Career Development
  3. 3. From Co-op to Career Development <ul><li>How to reach more students? </li></ul><ul><li>How to prepare them earlier? </li></ul><ul><li>How to help them identify and attain career opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>How to help them transition to careers? </li></ul><ul><li>How to get more assessment data for accreditation and continuous quality improvement? </li></ul>
  4. 4. From Co-op to Career Development <ul><li>First step – work smarter, not harder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a foundation course that will provide all students with basic career development skills – “Introduction to Career Development”; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruit and hire adjunct faculty from industry to teach this course; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish the course as a pre-requisite for co-op. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. From Co-op to Career Development <ul><li>Second step – offer more options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall, 2007: “Professional Engineering Internship Program” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall, 2008: Graduate student co-op and internship programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall, 2009: “Engineering Projects in Service Learning” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Undergraduate Research” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. From Co-op to Career Development <ul><li>Same platform under the hood: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fulltime enrollment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero credit/zero tuition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No academic credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Administrative” grade of S/U </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common learning outcomes assessment tool based on ABET A-K competencies </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. From Co-op to Career Development <ul><li>Results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 = 250 co-ops . . . . . 2009 = 600 co-ops + interns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>65% of freshmen class participated in “Introduction to Career Development” course; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>85% of freshmen reported the desire to do a summer internship after the first year, followed by a full co-op experience (4 quarters); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>94% of supervisors rated co-op/intern student performance as very good or above, compared to 85% in 2007. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. From Co-op to Career Development <ul><li>Next steps: Fall, 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Projects in Service Learning (undergraduate and graduate students) – projected enrollment = 50 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Research – projected enrollment = 25 </li></ul></ul>

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