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Regional Cooperation Grants

Regional Cooperation grants encourage institutions to share faculty and curriculum resources, improve transfer agreements from 2-year to 4-year colleges, and create relationships with local industry. 15 grants were awarded for $196,600. The institution, principal investigator, grant name, and amount awarded are listed below:


Bridgewater State College, Gail Price, Establish Articulation Agreements and Advising Documents, grant award: $8,000

Bridgewater State College, Margaret Landman, E-Teaching and E-Learning, grant award: $12,600

Bristol Community College, Ralph Sanford, Computer Science Transfer Option, grant award: $20,000

Fitchburg/Mount Wachusett Community College, N.V.R Mahadev, Articulation Agreements in CIS Programs, grant award: $7,000

Holyoke Community College, John Donnellan, Computer-Related Field Collaboration, grant award: $10,800

Quinsigamond Community College, Adrian Comeaux, IT-based courses - Articulation, Quality, Quantity, grant award: $20,000

Salem State College/North Shore/NECC, Edward Wilkens, Establishment of Regional Transfer Articulation Committees, grant award: $15,250

Springfield Technical Community College, William White, Western Mass Community College Engineering Consortium, grant award: $19,000

University of Massachusetts Boston, Dennis Wortman, Boston Regional Transfer Articulation Committee, grant award: $14,500

University of Massachusetts Boston, Richard Eckhouse, Regional Transfer Articulation Committees to Boston or Lowell, grant award: $17,000

University of Massachusetts Lowell, Krishna Vedula, Partnering with Industry, grant award: $20,000

University of Massachusetts Lowell/ Fitchburg/Worcester, Jim Canning, Summer Course Collaborations, grant award: $5,800

University of Massachusetts Lowell/Fitchburg/ Worcester, Jim Canning, Graduate Course Collaborations, grant award: $9,300

Westfield State College, James Carabetta, Western Massachusetts CIS Regional Articulation Committee, grant award: $20,000

Worcester/Mount Wachusett/Fitchburg, Aparna Mahadev, Object Oriented Design and Analysis, grant award: $12,600


Descriptions

Regional Cooperation Grants

Establish Articulation Agreements and Advising Docs
Gail Price
Bridgewater State College
$8000

This grant will be used to establish articulation agreements and advising documents for students beginning study at Massasoit Community College, Bristol Community College, or Cape Cod Community College and then completing a B.S. in Computer Science or a B.S. in Management Science with an Information Systems Management concentration at Bridgewater State College. Faculty and administrators from theses institutions will; review their computer science and information technology programs and curricula against the Computing Curriculum 2001, examine current advising procedures and documents, and review the transfer/ admission procedures between the Community Colleges and BSC. A June meeting will set the agenda for the implementation activities. This will include: establishing a Regional Cooperation Committee, revising curricula as necessary, developing and distributing advising documents, developing 2 + 2 agreements where feasible, and establishing/ revising articulation agreements. Top

E-Teaching and E-Learning
Margaret Landman
Bridgewater State College
$12,600

The main goals of this grant proposal are to bring together educators and IT support professionals to share technology-related teaching ideas, provide a friendly environment for the demonstration of e-learning resources, and to develop lasting partnerships between faculty, departments, and institutions for ongoing exchanges of IT ideas and the formation of cooperative agreements. To this end, the grant will be used for the planning and development of a two-day conference to be held in August 2001 at Bridgewater State College. This conference will bring together faculty and administrators who wish to further the use of information technology in their respective academic disciplines. The conference will include a keynote speaker, presentations by companies that produce e-learning materials, and faculty discussion sessions organized by subject area. Participants will be primarily drawn from state higher education institutions in southeastern Massachusetts. Top

Computer Science Transfer Option
Ralph Sanford
Silvino Ferreira
Bristol Community College
$20,000

This purpose of this grant is for Bristol Community College to establish with UMass Dartmouth a 2+3 Computer Science transfer program, and start the research to eventually establish a 2+2 transfer program. The goal is to then expand the program to allow for a transfer option to Bridgewater State College. These efforts would include a training program for Bristol faculty and others in the region on the material taught in the three critical courses at UMass Dartmouth. Top

Articulation Agreements in CIS Programs
NVR Mahadev
Susan Taylor
Fitchburg/Mount Wachusett Community College
$7,000

The purpose of this grant is to review and upgrade the articulation agreement between Mt.Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State College for the CIS program, and to explore the possibility of a 2 + 2 year plan for the transfer students. The following steps will be taken in an effort to achieve these goals: review the course content of all the relevant courses from both the departments and match similar courses; create a table of matching courses that form part of the revised articulation agreement; review the curriculum requirements including the liberal arts requirements in both the programs; compare the two programs using the current articulation agreements in liberal arts between the two colleges; create a suggested plan of study to follow that would enable for completion of an associated degree in CIS at MWCC as well as transfer to FSC to complete a major in CIS; explore similar agreements in other states; distribute this information to other state and community colleges in the state and provide the information on the Web. Top

Computer-Related Field Collaboration
John Donnellan
Holyoke Community College
$10,800

The Computer-Related Field Collaboration project is an effort to bring the Western Region academic institutions together with regional high schools and employers to discuss academic preparation for jobs in the information technology filed. There are several intended outcomes of this initiative including: a stronger collaboration among the academic institutions in the region, greater consistency among the institutions' course offerings, smoother pathways from high-school, to two-year college, to four-year institution, to career, forged partnerships between higher education and industry, ensured relevance and timeliness of the Information Technology programs offered at the Western Region institutions. Theses objectives will be achieved through a series of meetings held at the various Western Region institutions. The meeting topics will be defined by academic area (such as "Programming" and "Webmaster") or project objective ("Smoothing Pathways from High School to College in Information Technology Programs"). The results of the meetings will be documented in report form electronically available to all participating institutions. Top

IT-based courses-Articulation, Quality, Quantity
Adrian Comeaux
Quinsigamond Community College
$20,000

This CITI grant project will increase the number and quality of IT-based courses offered at Quinsigamond and among Quinsigamond and partner four-year colleges and universities. It will expand or establish transfer articulation agreements toward a seamless transition from Quinsigamond into partner four-year colleges and universities. Quinsigamond will develop articulation agreements with course/program tracks for students to follow from the beginning of the Associate Degree through attainment of a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, without loss of a single transfer credit. Quinsigamond project staff will work with partners at UMass/Amherst, UMass/Lowell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Framingham State College, Worcester State College, Fitchburg State College, and Mount Wachusett Community College. Each partner person/institution will be funded for work on the project from all grant budget lines at rates applicable to their positions or costs as indicated by them for time worked on the project. Top

Establishment of Regional Transfer Articulation Committees
Edward Wilkens
Salem State College/North Shore/NECC
$15,250

This purpose of this grant is to form a regional collaboration that will provide for an improved state of the art curriculum for students to attain Associate and B.S. degrees effectively, efficiently, and with the lowest cost. The goals of this collaboration are to: provide for a clear path for the student to attain the Baccalaureate degree, with little or no transfer credit rejected by Salem State; develop a quality, state of the art curriculum to meet the needs of Massachusetts business and industry; establish an on-going (beyond this grant) committees to guarantee continued congruence between curricula; provide training for transition to Java; come to a consensus on course content. Top

Establishment of a Western Massachusetts Community College Engineering Consortium
William White, Springfield Technical Community College, PI
Jack Barocas, Springfield Technical Community College
Yadu Sharma, Holyoke Community College
Allen Forsythe, Holyoke Community College
Melinda Gougeon, Greenfield Community College
Lee Webster, Greenfield Community College
Gary Bradway, Berkshire Community College
Nicholas Del Greco, Berkshire Community College
John Lambert, Berkshire Community College
$19,000

A consortium of the engineering departments at Berkshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield Technical Community College has been formed to strengthen and support the engineering education at all of the aforementioned institutions. The primary thrust of the consortium is to utilize the faculty expertise and computer technology resources of all four institutions to increase the number of sophomore engineering and computer science offerings at each of the member schools and thereby improve the transfer of students to four-year institutions. The course, Computer Organization and Digital Logic, a required sophomore course for electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science majors is to be offered to all of the consortium schools during the fall 2001 semester utilizing video conferencing. It will originate at STCC and be taught by Professor Zahi Haddad who has previous experience in video conferencing utilizing PICTEL. Top

Boston Regional Transfer Articulation Committee
Dennis Wortman, University of Massachusetts/Boston, PI
Chiso Adukwe-Okafor, Roxbury Community College
Hariklia Delta, Bunker Hill Community College
Hubert Hohn, Mass College of Art
$14,500

The purpose of this grant proposal is to convene a committee whose principal task will be to develop a plan for instituting an articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer process for students coming from a regional two-year or community college to the Computer Science program at UMassBoston. In addition to UMassBoston, colleges participating in the process supported by this grant will include Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges and the Massachusetts College of Art. Once the issues have been resolved with these schools, other schools within the region, such as Framingham State College, Salem State College, Mass Bay Community College and Quincy College, will be invited to enter into the articulation agreement. A long-term goal will be to provide for a uniform set of computer science courses, so that a course taken on one campus is exactly equivalent to the same course taken on a different campus. Top

Regional Transfer Articulation Committees to Boston or Lowell
Richard Eckhouse
University of Massachusetts Boston
$17,000

This cross-regional cooperation grant joins both the Northeast and Boston regions to prepare for a smooth transition from the first two years of the required curriculum taken at one of the cooperating Community Colleges (Middlesex, Northern Essex, and North Shore) in order to complete all the requirements for the B.S. in Computer Engineering at either UML or UMB. Several critical goals will be pursued: a) setting out the requirements for the first two years of the Computer Engineering degree to be completed on the Community College campuses, b) determining what resources (both instructional and laboratory) will be needed to support the Community College teaching requirements, c) developing the laboratories needed for Computer Engineering on the three Community College campuses including the possibility of "pre-packaging" each lab with identical kits, d) producing a 2 + 2 articulation agreement, e) offering faculty exchanges to prepare the Community College instructors to teach the Computer Engineering courses and laboratories, and f) documenting the grant results on the CITI web site for distribution to other campuses. Top

Partnering of with Industry
Krishna Vedula
University of Massachusetts Lowell
$20,000

This proposal for a Regional Cooperation Grant is aimed at active partnership pf 4 community colleges (Middlesex, Northern Essex, North Shore, Bunker Hill) and 2 university campuses (UMass Lowell and UMass Boston) with regional industry and regional high schools, in order to improve the curriculum and the pipeline for future IT professionals in the region. The essential thrust of these proposed externships is to assist the teachers with professional development in this critical and rapidly changing field of technology, by providing them the opportunity to participate in the real world of the business and to enable them to build contacts and long-term relationships with practicing professionals. This experience and associated contacts will help them to improve their own curriculum and approach their teaching in creative ways relevant to the changes in the real world. These may include field trips, guest speakers from industry, demonstration projects, equipment support, student internships, etc. Top

Summer Course Collaborating
Jim Canning, UMass-Lowell
Aparna Mahadev, Worcester State College
$5800

Students at Worcester State, Fitchburg State, and at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, are often not able to take summer classes as they advance through their Computer Science degree. This project will attempt to define a strategy by which the summer courses leading towards degrees in Computer Science can be offered, and a single course can service students from all three schools. A list of courses will need to be identified, a timetable for course announcements will need to be made, and the three campus administrative units will need to agree on a policy of funding the instructor, registering students, and identifying the exact location where the course will be taught. Top

Graduate Course Collaborating
Jim Canning, Umass-Lowell
Aparna Mahadev, Worcester State College
$9300

The purpose of this project is to: identify, approve, and document those undergraduate Computer Science/Math courses which can be transferred between UMass Lowell, Worcester State, and Fitchburg State; identify, approve, and document those graduate CS courses which can be transferred between UMass Lowell and Fitchburg State; review the prerequisite courses necessary for unconditional admission into UML's CS Masters program so that undergraduate students at Fitchburg and Worcester have a clear understanding of what, if any, courses may be missing from their curriculum; review the prerequisite course necessary for unconditional admission into Fitchburg State MS in CS program so that undergraduate students at UML and Worcester have a clear understanding of what, if any, courses may be missing from their curriculum; discuss, document, and implement adjustments to the three curriculums so that students can matriculate into each others programs without loss of credits; identify and document a pool of faculty and adjunct faculty that UML, FSC, and WSC can share as they attempt to find instructors for both their undergraduate and graduate programs. Top

Western Massachusetts CIS Regional Articulation Committee
James Carabetta
Westfield State College
$20,000

The purpose of this project is to form a committee consisting of 2-4 members from each participating institution, who will meet to both examine the curricular components of each institution and perform a needs assessment of the participating schools. The committee will provide for arrangements and/or adjustments of curricula to facilitate "seamless" as possible transfers, particularly from 2 to 4 year programs. In addition, they will further explore ways to share resources not universally available (i.e. distance learning). Top

Object Oriented Design and Analysis
Aparna Mahadev, Worcester State College
Susan Taylor, Mount Wachusetts Community College
NPV Mahadev, Fitchburg State College
$12,600

This project will develop a course, "Object Oriented Design and Analysis" to be offered at any one of the three regional campuses: Worcester State College, Fitchburg State College, and Mount Wachusetts Community College. The course will be jointly developed and taught by faculty from each institution. This course will part of the core computer science curriculum for students at Worcester State College and will be a higher-level CIS elective for students from MWCC. Fitchburg State College has a similar course in their curriculum and would like to include software engineering principles as part of this course. The intent of this project is to increase cooperation among CS/CIS faculty from the central region, and explore ways for faculty from these institutions to share resources and faculty expertise. In addition, the new course will allow students from MWCC to take a course in object-oriented design for the first time. Top

 

 

   


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