Colorado Technical University
Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) provides career-focused bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in a variety of study areas. With a student body of over 20,000 active students, comprising of 59 percent female and 45 percent minority, and over 85,000 graduates worldwide, CTU offers STEM-focused degree programs in engineering and computer sciences at its Colorado campus locations. As an open enrollment institution, CTU seeks to offers programs taught by experienced faculty who are encouraged to assist students who may not find the traditional higher education experience to be the best fit for them.
CTU offers a virtual classroom which utilizes a proprietary adaptive learning platform, intellipath™. Intellipath™ does away with the one-size-fits-all approach to education by providing students with their own personalized learning path. Through a series of questions, CTU’s adaptive learning technology recognizes what students already know, anticipates what they’re ready to learn, and tailors course materials accordingly. With intellipath™, students can move quickly through material that they have already mastered and uncover more opportunities to learn.
Colorado Technical University’s mission is to provide industry-relevant higher education to a diverse student population through innovative technology and experienced faculty, enabling the pursuit of personal and professional goals.
The pillars of Colorado Technical University’s mission.
Helping students prepare to pursue STEM-focused careers is a multidepartment process at CTU. Curricula is developed as part of a process, which is designed to incorporate workforce-focused research prior to seeking input through CTU’s external Strategic Industry Advisory Councils and internal program committees comprised of faculty leadership. Proper alignment between student career goals and academic program selection are discussed with students throughout their program of study with CTU. Throughout their academic studies, students are provided tools and tutorials in class and in the learning center that assist with STEM content. Experiential learning and increased student engagement takes place through the use of classroom technology in simulations, multi-media, and project-based learning. Post-graduate support and peer support is provided to all graduates through alumni networks and social networking.
As students travel to road toward a degree, they experience a comprehensive approach to education.
Innovative Employer Driven Pathways
Growing STEM degree programs that are in high-demand by employers, especially in computer science and engineering, is an area of academic focus. In response to the need for engineers and computer scientists in the United States, Colorado Technical University is evaluating the efficacy of student success in courses that include fields of study that employers find challenging to locate qualified candidates for hire including:
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
- Master of Science in Systems Engineering
- Master of Science in Computer Engineering
- Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
CTU believes that STEM skills provided to a diverse student body through an open enrollment process is an important educational goal. The focus of academic content supplemented by adaptive learning technology is designed to provide students, who may not otherwise have access to this information, the opportunity to develop STEM skills.
The diverse student body of CTU, coupled with education built on workforce needs provides students the opportunity to come out of school with the STEM skills employers seek.
In researching its programs and developing its curriculum, CTU consults a number of constituents in the process. The university relies heavily on a broad range of internal and external partnerships to build programs that are designed to assist students in studying employer- and workforce-driven skills and engage students to help them pursue a foundation of knowledge.
Consultation with industry experts, industry advisory councils, internal subject matter experts, and CTU faculty, plus the incorporation of published industry curriculum standards, has helped develop and strengthen the Computer Science and Engineering programs at CTU.
Building U.S products, services and processes that reflect a global and diverse population will be critical for this country moving forward and will require very deliberate efforts on the part of the U.S. education system. CTU looks forward to exploring the development of programs and courses that respond to these needs and using adaptive technology to enhance the learning process.
Authors: Cameron Jacobson and Constance Johnson
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