College of Engineering and Science




Innovative Administration Supports
       Innovative Education

Jim Nelson, Jenna C...
College of Engineering and Science


    Traditional College Structure




Question: How does one create an organization t...
College of Engineering and Science




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College of Engineering and Science



 Who does What?
• Leadership Team
  (Dean, Asso. Deans, Academic Directors, rotating...
College of Engineering and Science


Impact on College Processes
• Faculty and staff participation in important decision-m...
College of Engineering and Science




Key Advantages to Administrative Structure

     Flexibility and Shared Ownership
College of Engineering and Science



 Example:
Program groupings and Directors have been realigned several
times to bette...
College of Engineering and Science




Key Advantages to Administrative Structure

     Flexibility and Shared Ownership
...
College of Engineering and Science




Example:
Nanosystems Engineering
B.S. Degree
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Key Advantages to Administrative Structure

     Flexibility and Shared Ownership
...
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Interdisciplinary Research
College of Engineering and Science



 Impact on Curriculum
 Integrated Engineering Curriculum
   (all engineering majors...
Living with the Lab – integrates engineering, mathematics,
chemistry and physics in a systems-level, project-based
curricu...
College of Engineering and Science




Key Advantages to Administrative Structure

     Flexibility and Shared Ownership
...
College of Engineering and Science



Example:
Rapid Prototyping Lab, Nanosystems Lab, Materials Lab
Louisiana Tech’s STEM Talent Expansion Program
(LaTechSTEP) – Stimulates interest in STEM topics at the high
school level ...
Freshman Enrichment Program (FrEP) – provides
additional support and community building for students
transitioning into co...
Freshman-to-Sophomore
         Retention (to date)
90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%
      Fall, 2004 Fall, ...
STEM-Plus – trains highly-qualified K-12 teachers who have a
 strong contextual understanding of mathematics and science.
...
Innovation through Multidisciplinary Projects and Collaborative
Teams (IMPaCT) – motivates students to look at the “big pi...
Bulldog Achievement
                    Bulldog Achievement
                     Resource Center
                      Res...
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Innovative Administration Supports Innovative Education

  1. 1. College of Engineering and Science Innovative Administration Supports Innovative Education Jim Nelson, Jenna Carpenter, Stan Napper, Bala Ramachandran Louisiana Tech University For the full paper, see 2008 Frontiers in Education Proceedings, Session T2G
  2. 2. College of Engineering and Science Traditional College Structure Question: How does one create an organization that works collectively to make leaps in improvement?
  3. 3. College of Engineering and Science CAPS Dean Associate Dean for Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Research Associate Dean for Associate Dean for Undergraduate Administration & Studies COES Strategic Initiatives Leadership Team Director Director Mathematics Biomedical and Statistics Engineering Director Director Director Director Industrial Engineering Electrical Engineering Computer Civil Physics Science Engineering Chemical Engineering Nanosystems Engineering Electrical Mechanical Construction Engineering Engineering Chemistry Engineering Technology Technology
  4. 4. College of Engineering and Science Who does What? • Leadership Team (Dean, Asso. Deans, Academic Directors, rotating Associates) • Collective strategic planning, faculty evaluation and hiring, resource development • Academic Director (administrative) • Resource allocation and workload issues • Evaluation, tenure and promotion issues • Cross-disciplinary issues and strategic planning • Proposal planning and research-related issues • Program Chair (non-administrative) • Advising and curriculum issues • Representing the program
  5. 5. College of Engineering and Science Impact on College Processes • Faculty and staff participation in important decision-making • Space Accommodation Team • Instructional Lab Equipment Team • Research Travel Funds Team • Graduate Studies Team • Key Strategic Direction Teams • College-wide resource sharing • Accounting and Purchasing Team • Budgeting Distribution:
  6. 6. College of Engineering and Science Key Advantages to Administrative Structure  Flexibility and Shared Ownership
  7. 7. College of Engineering and Science Example: Program groupings and Directors have been realigned several times to better accommodate education and research goals. Director Director Mathematics Biomedical and Statistics Engineering Director Director Director Director Industrial Engineering Electrical Engineering Computer Civil Physics Science Engineering Chemical Engineering Nanosystems Engineering Electrical Mechanical Construction Engineering Engineering Chemistry Engineering Technology Technology
  8. 8. College of Engineering and Science Key Advantages to Administrative Structure  Flexibility and Shared Ownership  Rapid Response
  9. 9. College of Engineering and Science Example: Nanosystems Engineering B.S. Degree
  10. 10. College of Engineering and Science Key Advantages to Administrative Structure  Flexibility and Shared Ownership  Rapid Response  Integration & Multidisciplinary Collaboration (Education and Research)
  11. 11. College of Engineering and Science Interdisciplinary Research
  12. 12. College of Engineering and Science Impact on Curriculum  Integrated Engineering Curriculum (all engineering majors) • Pilot in 1997 • Expanded pilot in 1998 • Full implementation in 1999  Integrated Science Curriculum (Comp Sci, Math, Phys, Chem, Bioscience, & Science Ed majors) • Pilot in 2002 • Expanded pilot in 2003 • All majors in 2004  Living with the Lab Curriculum (New Integrated Engineering Curriculum) • Pilot in 2004 • Expanded pilot in 2005 & 2006 • Full implementation in 2007
  13. 13. Living with the Lab – integrates engineering, mathematics, chemistry and physics in a systems-level, project-based curriculum. Projects incorporate design, fabrication, and troubleshooting to help students develop open-ended problem solving abilities and self-reliance. Living with the Lab Freshman Integrated Engineering Curriculum
  14. 14. College of Engineering and Science Key Advantages to Administrative Structure  Flexibility and Shared Ownership  Rapid Response  Integration & Multidisciplinary Collaboration (Education and Research)  Shared Resources
  15. 15. College of Engineering and Science Example: Rapid Prototyping Lab, Nanosystems Lab, Materials Lab
  16. 16. Louisiana Tech’s STEM Talent Expansion Program (LaTechSTEP) – Stimulates interest in STEM topics at the high school level by partnering with area high school math and science teachers in Discovery Weekends for high school students.
  17. 17. Freshman Enrichment Program (FrEP) – provides additional support and community building for students transitioning into college. • 5-week Math 101 plus enrichment topics • Community building • Cohort mentoring & support
  18. 18. Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention (to date) 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Fall, 2004 Fall, 2005 Fall, 2006 FrEP Fall, 2007
  19. 19. STEM-Plus – trains highly-qualified K-12 teachers who have a strong contextual understanding of mathematics and science. Upon completion of the B.S. degree in a STEM discipline, the program provides a one-year track leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching. An alternate one-year track for STEM professionals who have already completed their B.S. is available. The major objective of STEM-Plus is to produce 21 highly-qualified teachers with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline and a master’s degree in teaching.
  20. 20. Innovation through Multidisciplinary Projects and Collaborative Teams (IMPaCT) – motivates students to look at the “big picture” in a horizontally and vertically integrated program centered around year-long design projects. IVR CEnIT IMPaCT Triage Team VETs Patent Licenses s Prototypes High-Tech Startups Industry Multidisciplinary Approach for Creating High-Tech Startups
  21. 21. Bulldog Achievement Bulldog Achievement Resource Center Resource Center Enrollment Management Supplemental Instruction LaTechSTEP TechSTEP Living-Learning Freshman Enrichment College of Community Education Program Division of Student Affairs Project Integrated Curricula Capstone Living with Integrated Engineering Curriculum the Lab Integrated Science Curriculum College of Applied & Natural STEM-Plus Sciences IMPaCT College of Education Connections College of College of Education Business Between Programs VET

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