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Improving Student Retention in Photonics Technician Education

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This monograph presents successful student retention strategies of seasoned photonics faculty members to other faculty members so that they may greatly increase their students’ completion rates.

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This monograph presents successful student retention strategies of seasoned photonics faculty members to other faculty members so that they may greatly increase their students’ completion rates.

Photonics is a cutting-edge technology that embraces emerging applications such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, defense, diagnostics and other biomedical equipment, lighting, digital equipment and devices, energy sources and conservation, virtual and augmented reality, and environmental monitoring. Photonics technicians engage in creative, rewarding careers that can lead to professional advancements and leadership opportunities.

Photonics is uniquely interesting, but it can be challenging for technician students to complete a two-year associate degree program that requires understanding and using significant math and physics principles, as well as electronics, controls, and materials sciences. Excellent photonics technicians are hands-on learners who can understand all these principles and technologies if they are presented in the context of how they are used—and if they are willing to face the challenges, study and work hard.

Some photonics students are not prepared; others lack motivation, and still others lack confidence that they can complete this program of study. Dropout rates among photonics students can be high, but the experiences of seasoned photonics faculty members have proven that retention can be greatly improved through the use and adaptation of proven strategies. This monograph collects these successful strategies and offers them to other faculty members so that they may greatly increase their students’ completion rates.

Author(s): Dan Hull
Publisher: OP-TEC
Year: 2017
Category: Monographs and Reports

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