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Defense Life-Cycle Academic Model

  1. 1. [O]ld beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false. -- Edward O. Wilson Clute Institute for Academic Research 2011 New Orleans International Academic Conference March 14-16, 2011The Defense Life Cycle Management System as a Working Model for Academic Application Dr. Philip E. Burian, CTU Sioux Falls, South Dakota Dr. Leslie Keffel, CTU Colorado Springs, Colorado Dr. Francis “Skip” Maffei, CTU Online
  2. 2. Overview Basic research is what Im doing when I dont know what Im doing -- Wernher Von Braun Purpose Introduction DAU Process Framework UPMC Strategy and Plan AALCMS Process Model AALCMS Process Results Conclusions Summary
  3. 3. Purpose Present overall insight into the degree program assessment process Provide a quick-start tool and progress designed process flow Improve the university’s process for major degree program assessment, research, and revision efforts Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought. -- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
  4. 4. Introduction Integrated Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics LifeCycle Management System (ILC) is the cornerstone of the federalgovernment’s acquisition and life cycle management for acquiring newequipment, materials, and systems Colorado Technical University (CTU) the University’s ManagementProgram Committee (UMPC) had a dilemma. The Master’s degreeprograms were scheduled for a content revision and course levelassessment. Initially, the task did not sound unreasonable or overlydifficult to accomplish No model or process existed or could be recommended Wanted an approach and process that could be tailored and used forfuture academic endeavors and research The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms. – Albert Einstein
  5. 5. Resources Reviewed If we knew what we were doing, it wouldnt be called research, would it? -- Albert Einstein North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission(www.ncahlc.org) Defense Acquisition University or DAU (www.dau.mil) Colorado Technical University Management ProgramCommittee (UMPC) Project Management Institute or PMI (www.pmi.org) Harold Kerzner’s Project Management: A Systems Approachto Planning Scheduling, and Controlling. 10th Edition
  6. 6. DAU ILC Process Framework Benefits Detailed and thorough process model Time tested Validated by the Department of Defense Widely accepted as the premier system acquisition model 5 major phases and 4 milestones for the system process Evolves to the introduction of a new or replacement system
  7. 7. UMPC Strategy & Plan University level tasking for the MBA degree program  Review sequence and concentration courses  Identify a common MBA core of courses  Assure implementation of CTU PLM TM (Professional Learning Model)  Provide a consolidated report of the course and degree program level needs to include if courses or degree programs need to be removed from the active rolls due to small student population, low evaluations, or outdated degree programs MBA core commonality was key to being able to assess student work to a common standard for all MBA learners
  8. 8. Comparison of CTU PLM TM to the DAU PLMCTU PLM TM DAU PLM(CTU Professional Learning Model) (DAU Performance Learning Model) Places students in the active role of  Network-centric learning collaborative problem solvers and project environment that overcomes the initiators confronted with the task of barriers of time, location, and producing a deliverable that mirrors a real- distance, while delivering learning world context and assessment assets with speed, agility, and reach Students have a high status in the learning environment  Deliver a network-centric learning The learning environment is engaging enterprise with just-in-time learning and knowledge-sharing assets Concepts are immediately connected to real-world and personal experiences  Combine the best of classroom Students engage in realistic projects training with Web-based instruction, providing scalability and The subject matter is of immediate value expanding the anytime, anywhere The instructor and student should engage in an active dialog advantage  Provide a new mix of learning opportunities directed at making smart business decisions
  9. 9. AALCMS Process Flow University Dean of Management Degree Program Decision PointDMD Course/ University Management Degree Program Committee Solution Analysis Milestone A (UMPC) Phase Consists of campuses, MS A online, & faculty Course Development Phase Milestone B MS B Development Level Schema Milestone C Phase MS CAcademic Assessment Life Cycle Course Deployment Management System Phase (AALCMS) Academic Support Phase
  10. 10. AALCMS Framework Benefits Needed structure, concepts, and methodologies for focusing the AALCMS Remaking of the milestones and phases to display a more academic focus. Milestones and phases implemented by the UMPC Course/program level review and assessment. Prior figure illustrates the functional flow of the process used by the UMPC Key milestones: • Degree Program Decision -- Course/Degree Solution Analysis Phase • Milestone A -- Course Development Phase • Milestone B -- Development Level Schema Phase Result - MBA Core Course Sequence • Milestone C – o Course Deployment Phase o Academic Support Phase I have not failed. Ive just found 10,000 ways that wont work. -- Thomas Edison
  11. 11. AALCMS ConclusionsIntroducing the AALCMS model as early as possible into the degree program review process will assist the faculty as well as improving the assessment of degree programs across the university setting  Integrated Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Life Cycle Management System (ILC) is the cornerstone of the federal government’s acquisition and life cycle management of new equipment, materials, and systems  Where no assessment or defined review process existed the AALCMS provided structure  Committee was able to implement a logical, succinct, and comprehensive series of steps to accomplish the curriculum review task at hand  Further research and perhaps tailoring needs to be accomplished to determine if this model is repeatable and sustainable in an academic environmentAnyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. -- Albert Einstein
  12. 12. Summary The great tragedy of science, the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact. -- Thomas Henry Huxley Overall insight into the assessment process of one university Provide a quick-start tool (AALCMS) Improve understanding of the entire or big-picture effort Develop logical thinking process to solve problems Approach and process can be tailored and to more than just an academic environment
  13. 13. Defense Life Cycle Management System as a Working Model for Academic Application Presentation

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