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Advisor perspective on Academic Equivalency: Heidi Ann Hahn, ESEP

Sep 08, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi

Here is an interview with Heidi Ann Hahn which talks about her experience and perspective advising universities regarding the academic equivalency program. Happy SEPtember! 
This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your role related to INCOSE’s Academic Equivalency?

» I was a CAG member and have served as an Academic Equivalency mentor/liaison and reviewer.

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» My proudest professional achievement is developing a successful Labor Relations organization using SE.

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer should develop during their education?

» A Systems Engineer should develop active listening, technical and facilitative leadership, negotiation -- basically all of the professional competencies during their education.

Q4. What do you see as the benefits of the academic equivalency program for a university and a student?

» For a university, academic equivalency program might help attract students. For students, academic equivalency program will be a plus on a resume when seeking a job. 

Q5. What methods do you use to teach SE courses effectively?

» I use a combination of SE and Project Management in the course I teach because I think that their lifecycles operate in parallel.

Q6. What is your advice for universities or institutes considering applying for academic equivalency?

» If you do get academic equivalency, you need to provide incentives to the students to actually pursue it. Several universities who have it have never had a student apply for ASEP because they hadn't been informed of the benefits or otherwise incentivized (i.e., by having the school pay the fee).

Know more on academic equivalency from here.
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