The integrated program IMPULSE at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been widely successful, so much so that it has been institutionalized and is now required for all first-year engineering students. But UMD is notably smaller than MSU. At a big school, we have different design and implementation problems. What issues does an R1 school face for institutionalizing an integrated program?
- Class size: over 1000 entering freshman, huge lecture hall sessions
- Multiple teachers lecturing the same course: increased number of faculty needing to attend the necessary weekly curriculum planning meetings
- Teaching assistants: smaller schools may not need to employ teaching assistants to the degree that MSU does; for example, Computer Science 101 has 80 TA’s (20 graduate students and 60 undergraduates)
- Incoming and outgoing students: how do we accomodate students who enter the program late or leave the program after a year? How does an integrated program translate in credits toward a different program?
As I see more problems emerging, I am going to add them to this list of dilemmas we will be facing.