The mission of the School of Technology is to educate talented men and women who aspire to become leaders in industry, education, and society through programs that focus on technology application and management. Leaders developed through the programs in the School will demonstrate integrity and high moral standards in all aspects of life.
The graduate program for the School of Technology contains a cognitive framework for graduate studies that prepares students for advanced leadership positions in technological enterprises. The graduate experience in the MS in Technology degree focuses on research, critical thinking, philosophical underpinnings, industry advancement, technical depth, and leadership. Furthermore, the program prepares graduates for successful careers at the upper-level of leadership and management in technology enterprises. The MS degree is also designed such that graduates who have interest in university teaching will be prepared for further graduate study at the doctoral level. This purpose is important, as there is a general shortage of doctoral level technology faculty nation wide.
The MS in Technology degree program is a 30-credit, thesis-based program. It includes 2 required courses (Tech 638 and Tech 699R) which account for 9 credits and the remaining 21 credits from approved classes that meet the requirements for one of the 4 specialization areas: Construction Management, Information Technology, Manufacturing, or Technology Teacher Education. The required Technology classes include: TECH 638 -- Technology Leadership (3 cr.) Strategic Planning and Policy Development. Theoretical and practical leadership aspects of conceptual and implementation processes. Articulation and team building among various organizations. Ethics and conflict resolution. Developing and implementing solutions to special problems. Advanced skills/concepts in traditional and emerging technology areas. Offered Fall semester. TECH 699R -- Master's Thesis (1-9 cr., 6 cr. min.) Prerequisite: departmental consent. To be offered every semester and term. Students may optionally take the following course, which helps them prepare for their thesis. If they do not take it, their committee members will assure that they have a firm understanding of the research process and methods covered in the class. TECH 601 -- Research and Development in Technology (3 cr.) Success strategies in graduate programs. Identifying appropriate direction of research and study. Research tools as aids in decision making: strategies, literature, logic, survey techniques, research design, statistics, computers. Preparing proposals for research papers and thesis research; organizing first three thesis chapters. MS in Technology Tracks: Building on the common the core curriculum, graduate students must choose one of four tracks from the programs in the School of Technology. The tracks include Construction Management (CM), Information Technology (IT), Manufacturing (MFG), and Technology and Engineering Education (TEE). The courses for each track are outlined on the graduate catalog.
Creative and Analytical Thinking
Demonstrate creative and analytical thinking skills that provide a basis for technological problem solving within their area of emphasis.
Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of leadership, teamwork, management, and professionalism.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on society.
Demonstrate a pattern of living consistent with high ethical and moral standards.
Demonstrate ability to perform rigorous, original research
Evidence of Learning
A valid assessment plan has been developed to address the assessment needs for the School of Technology graduate program. The intent of these internal assessment strategies is to continually enhance graduate education within the School of Technology.
- The School Graduate Committee is responsible to evaluate theses on a two-year basis for content, validity, and overall contribution.
- Admissions standards are evaluated on a yearly basis to verify if they are continually consistent with the School's graduate study goals and intents.
- Completing students are required to experience an exit interview.
- Samples of students' theses are sent out periodically to outside reviewers to assess their quality.
- Graduates are tracked and surveyed at two and five years out to evaluate credibility to their graduate study experience.
- Incoming graduate students are evaluated yearly to understand the demographics of entering students and the validity of our program as it appears to the professional world.
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
The School of Technology continually monitors the achievement of the degree objectives and learning outcomes for each of the tracks in the MS Technology graduate program, and makes appropriate changes each year. The School of Technology graduate committee meets regularly to discuss graduate program issues, propose changes, and improve student learning. Changes approved in these meetings are implemented through the normal academic processes, as soon as the next cycle of changes permits. The following formal mechanisms are currently in place for evaluating and improving student learning at the graduate level:
1. Institutional reviews of graduate program.
2. Yearly faculty stewardship interviews with department chair.
3. Student feedback from course evaluations.
4. Department advisory board recommendations and feedback.
5. Yearly department retreat.