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Wichita State, Emporia State sign dual-degree engineering pact

Wichita State, Emporia State sign dual-degree engineering pact

By Kyle McCaskey. CREATED Oct 15, 2013

Wichita State University President John Bardo and Emporia State University President Michael Shonrock have signed a dual-degree agreement for engineering students. 

The pact will give students the opportunity to earn degrees from both schools over five years. A student would spend three years at Emporia State, earning a bachelor of science in math or physics. After that, they would transfer to WSU for two more years of study in the College of Engineering, earning a bachelor's degree in one of several engineering fields.

"It's the value of system thinking," Shonrock said. "We're not in silos, literally. We are working together, because ultimately, at the beginning and end of the day, it is still about students and their success." 

Bardo said engineering programs can be expensive, and are not worth duplicating in the state. He said Wichita already is a good fit because its economic base is tied to it. 

"It really is about the betterment of students," he said. 

Bardo said there is a shortage of technical workers. Both universities want to keep potential engineering students in the state.

"It's important for us to keep Kansans in Kansas," Shonrock said. 

The program is expected to start off small as people become aware of it, but potential dual-degree students could arrive next year.