Big 12 Engineering Consortium
The Big 12 Engineering Consortium (The Big 12) offers students online access to nuclear engineering courses. The courses are delivered via the Internet by the "Big 12" American universities that have nuclear engineering programs, i.e.:
- Baylor University
- Iowa State University
- Kansas State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Texas A&M University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Kansas
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- University of Oklahoma
- University of Texas-Austin
Support for the consortium and its web site is provided by member institutions, the US Department of Energy, and US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
Per the Big 12 web site:
- The Big 12 Engineering Consortium was founded in 2007 as a means to increase access to engineering courses in high demand areas. In response to the industry need for more engineers who “speak” nuclear, the multi-state alliance is currently offering fully online courses in Nuclear Engineering. Each institution brings a unique strength to the multi-institution course-sharing program. Through the Big 12 Engineering Consortium, students can enroll at one university to take courses from the best faculty in the discipline from across the Big 12.
A recent WCET report estimates only 55 unique students taking 173 credits in 2008/2009.
The Big 12 Engineering Consortium web site is at http://www.big12engg.org
Courses are delivered via the homegrown ExpanSIS system, developed by Kansas State University.