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Center Identification Number: 350-05

Project Title: Exploration of the Feasibility of a Transportation Degree

Co-Principal Investigators: 

Edward Mierzejewski, CUTR Deputy Director
813-974-3120
E-mail: mierzeje@cutr.eng.usf.edu

Institution: 

Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

I. Project Objective:

Develop a transportation focused degree program beyond the current engineering focused program.

II. Project Abstract

CUTR is involved in exploring the prospect of offering an additional transportation focused degree at the University of South Florida. The degree would be targeted to providing a multidisciplinary program of studies intended to offer a transportation specialty beyond the engineering degree programs that currently exist. It would be a graduate program leveraging various other departments that have course content that would help in building a professional capacity for future transportation professionals.

III. Task Descriptions

We are currently exploring the administrative process for developing and implementing a degree, the employer based market for students with such a degree, and the student market that might be attracted to such a degree. The early tasks are focusing on collecting data from other programs across the country and on understanding the administrative considerations in implementing what would be an innovative program. In the next half year we will be developing a draft curriculum and exploring the cost and marketing strategies necessary to support the application for establishing this degree. The research will be documented and available to others who might be exploring similar programs at other universities.

IV. Student Involvement:

Students will be involved in identifying and cataloguing other national university transportation degree programs.

V. Relationship to Other Research Projects:

This project will work in concert with the overall NCTR program to enrich the education of students in the public transportation field.

VI. Technology Transfer Activities/Peer Review

The research will be documented and available to others who might be exploring similar programs at other universities.

VII. Potential Benefits of the Project

Development of a graduate level transportation program leveraging various other departments that have course content that would help in building a professional capacity for future transportation professionals

VIII. TRB Keywords

Public transit, education, curriculum, transportation degree.

 

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