An Analysis of the Perceived Usefulness of AFIT's (Air Force Institute of Technology) Graduate Engineering Management Program.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The purpose of this thesis was to determine the perceived usefullness of the Graduate Engineering Management GEM program of the Air Force Institute of Technology AFIT in preparing civil engineering officers for positions in engineering management. The main research objective consisted of determining which subject areas are most useful to the graduates. The secondary objective was to determine the impact of the AFIT education on the graduates career objectives. A questionnaire was developed and mailed to active duty Air Force officers who had graduated from the Facilities Management program or from the GEM program. A similar survey was sent with the graduate survey to the graduates supervisors. Analysis of the responses to the surveys showed that the graduates and their supervisors perceive that most courses in the current GEM program are useful and that the graduates perceive that the AFIT education has had a favorable impact on their careers. It was concluded that the GEM program curriculum is appropriate and that the program is meeting the needs of its graduates. Recommendations included emphasizing communication, leadership, and supervision in the program curriculum and conducting similar research at least every four years. Author
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