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Differential tuition enhances Engineering Design Graphics program

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 7:21am
Texas A&M University

The Engineering Design Graphics Program provides required service courses for all freshmen in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Schreuders joined the program this spring as a senior lecturer, bringing a diverse range of experiences to his teaching. With an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and graduate degrees in biomedical engineering, he has taught courses in biological engineering, technology and engineering education, and engineering graphics.

Most recently, Schreuders has been involved in engineering education research examining women in engineering, social networking in engineering students, and in the development of pre-engineering curricula for high schoolers. His earlier research centered around cell cryopreservation and the growth and destruction of bacterial biofilms.

The addition of Schreuders to the faculty this spring resulted in the department being able to accommodate 159 additional students this spring in ENDG 105 Engineering Graphics.

Like many peer universities, the Dwight Look College of Engineering approved differential differentialtuition.tuition starting Fall 2011. Differential tuition is an additional $400 tuition per regular semester from all undergraduate engineering students paid directly to the college of engineering to help provide the best education available to its students at the lowest possible cost. It is designed to help maintain and improve the colleges standing among peer universities, since engineering and other professional educational programs are significantly more expensive to operate than other programs due to the cost of equipment, facilities and top faculty. Other possible uses for differential tuition in the college include: faculty salaries and support, such as retention of faculty, smaller classes and improved student to faculty ratios; educational enrichments; and targeted scholarships. Students also will have strong input as to uses since the money goes directly to the college, except for a mandated 20 percent set aside for scholarships.

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