The Value of Graduate Certificate Programs in Engineering Education: A Strategic Assessment
American Journal of Engineering Education Volume 2, Number 1, ISSN 2153-2516
There has been a significant increase in the popularity of non-degree graduate certificates throughout the past decade. This increase has raised questions about the value of engineering graduate certificate programs from students, alumni, and employers. Do engineering certificate programs provide real world skills and knowledge? Do they serve as effective recruiting tools for universities? Do they provide opportunities for students to meet their professional goals in terms of salary increase and promotions? This study explores these questions. Eighty-three current and former engineering certificate students, as well as forty professionals from industry, were surveyed about their value perception of graduate certificate programs. Guidance for engineering educators and other professionals concerned with development and marketing of engineering graduate certificate programs is also presented.
Murray, S.L., Long, S.K., Elrod, C.C. & Akula, S. (2011). The Value of Graduate Certificate Programs in Engineering Education: A Strategic Assessment. American Journal of Engineering Education, 2(1), 51-62.