In May of 2018, the university has approved a “3+2” degree program between Illinois Tech(IIT) and a partner institution (domestic or international) that allows the students in the program get a bachelor degree in the partner institution and a master degree at IIT. The students in the “3+2” program spend their first “3” years at the partner institution and their next “2” years at IIT. This is essentially the same as our co-terminal or accelerated master program, but is a cooperation between IIT with another institution. The approved blanket “3+2” agreement is attached.
Here, we propose that we allow the students in the “3+2” program to take IIT courses online at the partner institution in their 4th-year of studies and come to IIT’s campus in the 5th year to complete their master degree requirement. The proposed minor change will increase our graduate enrollment by reducing the overall cost of getting IIT’s master degrees and, at the same time, resolving the issue that some international students cannot get their student visa in time for fall enrollment especially this coming fall.
Following the approved “3+2” agreement, we will monitor the academic performance of the students in the program on an annual basis.