@HeloDada I did not mean to equate COOP to project education. Olin and WPI are truly project based based programs. I was hard pressed to come up with a true project education program which may not be as competitive to gain admission. In fact, when WPI designed their program about 1970, they had taken a look at COOP and were concerned that corporations participating in the COOP programs often did not always have the best educational goals in mind for the student. The COOP schools had little or no control over the nature of the COOP work.
WPI actually has more experience in the integration of classroom and project activity than any other institution in the US of which I am aware. It is a very involved process and the process works best when they are designed to accommodate each other. Some of the input into the WPI design came out of the University of Oxford in Oxford England. Project thinking is introduced in the first year at WPI.
However, COOP education does have the POTENTIAL to broaden a student’s education beyond the classroom experience.
About 1979 I was presenting the new WPI project based program to a number of WPI Alumni in upstate New York. One was the manager of an IBM plant who had a complaint for me. His plant had hired three new graduates and all three were gone by the end of the year. By IBM’s measurements, this was a failure so I asked him what the problems were. Were they not properly prepared? Did they mess the year up? The manager answered that the new hires were not happy because they had graduated with the expectation that they would now be working on projects. It turned out that the IBM system was designed with the expectation that new graduates would need two years of in house training before they would be ready to handle projects. I asked what had happened to the recent graduates. He answered that they had all left on their own accord and gone to work for smaller companies which would let them enter right into project work.
When asked if this development was the fault of the project based education, he answered that their system was set up on the assumption that all new hires needed project training as it would be a new experience for them. IBM lost three good employees.
WPI operates over 40 project centers around the world. You may be interested in this study @ https://www.wpi.edu/project-based-learning/lifelong-project-impact
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