Dual-degree engineering agreement benefits ESU, WSU students

October 15, 2013

A dual-degree agreement signed today by leaders of Emporia State University and Wichita State University creates a “pathway of success” for students of both institutions.

Under the agreement, students who choose the “3+2” program will spend three years taking courses at Emporia State University before transferring to Wichita State for two more years of study in the College of Engineering. At the end, students will have earned bachelor of science degrees in mathematics or physics from Emporia State and bachelor of science degrees in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, industrial/manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering technology (renewable energy option) from Wichita State.

Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, left, and Dr. John Bardo, president of Wichita State University, sign a 3+2 dual-degree agreement.“This is a great way that two universities work together to create a pathway of success for students,” said Anthony Vizzini, vice president for academic affairs at Wichita State. “Engineers who graduate through this program will have a solid foundation in math or physics thanks to Emporia State.”

Because the program uses existing faculty, space and equipment on both campuses, it is fiscally responsible.

“The 3+2 program makes good use of the resources and strengths that ESU and WSU bring to bear and the distinctive experiences available on each campus,” said David Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Emporia State.

Another plus for Emporia State is the reverse transfer component to the plan. Students who begin at Emporia State University then transfer to another university to complete a degree appear as drop-outs. Reverse transfer allows courses taken at Wichita State in the final two years to be counted toward the bachelor’s degree from  Emporia State.

“This partnership is a true example of collaboration between two Regents universities,” Cordle said.

“The 3+2 students are most often excellent,” said Scott Miller, chairman and professor of aerospace engineering at Wichita State. “They arrive at WSU well-prepared and with a refreshing drive and hunger. I'm looking forward to the new ESU 3+2 program kicking in — it should be beneficial to all involved.”

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