GENERAL INFORMATION

BACKGROUND

The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute was founded in 1994 and is an Ohio-registered not-for-profit (IRS Code 501.c.3) corporation.  DAGSI links the graduate engineering schools of  the University of Dayton, a private institution; Wright State University, a state-assisted institution; and the Air Force Institute of Technology, a federal institution.  The corporation was established to coordinate, integrate, and leverage the combined resources of the partners, including the faculty, facilities, academic programs, and other assets of the individual institutions.  The resulting synergy benefits students, faculty, and local business (including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base).  The DAGSI concept arose from the conviction that expanding regional education and research opportunities at the graduate level in engineering and computer science would contribute to economic growth and development through a strengthened intellectual infrastructure.  DAGSI's long-term goal is to be recognized as a top-ranked graduate and post-graduate research institute.

The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati joined DAGSI as affiliate members in 1996, and Miami University joined as an associate member in 2001.

PROGRAM SCOPE

The following schools and colleges participate in the core DAGSI program:

DAGSI is the entity through which masters- and doctoral-level students at each institution have access to engineering and computer science courses of study offered at any partner school.  A student entering one of these institutions can apply for a DAGSI scholarship, can (and is encouraged to) cross-register for courses at one of the other partners, and may get involved in collaborative research with other institutions.  All DAGSI students are graduate-level and must be degree-seeking.  Graduate programs offered by the partner institutions are shown in the following table.

Degrees at DAGSI Partner Institutions

Level

Masters of Science

Ph.D. or D.E.

Degree

AFIT

UD

WSU

AFIT

UD

WSU

Aeronautical Engineering

X

 

 

X

 

 

Aerospace Engineering

 

X

 

 

X

 

Applied Mathematics

X

 

 

X

 

 

Applied Physics

X

 

 

X

 

 

Astronautical Engineering

X

 

 

X

 

 

Biomedical Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

Chemical Engineering

 

X

 

 

 

 

Civil Engineering

 

X

 

 

 

 

Computer Engineering/Science

X

 

X

X

 

X

Electrical Engineering

X

X

X

X

X

 

Electro-Optics

X

X

 

X

X

 

Environmental Engineering & Science

X

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering

 

X

 

 

 

X

Engineering Management

 X

X

 

 

 

 

Engineering Mechanics

 

X

 

 

 

 

Engineering Physics

X

 

 

X

 

 

Human Factors Engineering

 

 

X

 

 

 

Industrial Engineering X

Management Science

X

 

 

 

 

Materials Engineering

 X

X

X

X

X

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

X

X

 

X

 

Nuclear Engineering

X

 

 

X

 

 

Operations Research

X

 

 

X

 

 

Space Operations

X

 

 

 

 

 

Systems Engineering

X

 

 

 X

 

 

 

THE HOME INSTITUTION

DAGSI is not a degree-granting institution.  The DAGSI graduate student will be awarded a degree from the school--AFIT, UD, or WSU--chosen as his or her Home Institution.  Each partner is fully accredited in the MS and Ph.D. programs it offers.  Typically the Home Institution is the school chosen initially by the student for his or her graduate program.  However, it is possible to change Home Institutions once enrolled in the program.

Following are rules and guidelines pertaining to the Home Institution concept:

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE OFFERINGS

Each DAGSI partner institution has its own course offerings, regulations, and requirements, which are listed in its graduate catalog and on its web site.  General information concerning admission requirements, programs of study, credit hour requirements, academic performance standards, examinations, thesis and dissertation requirements, time limits, and the granting of degrees also should be obtained directly from the schools.  The catalogs and web sites published by AFIT, UD, and WSU should be used by the DAGSI graduate student to identify requirements of his or her Home Institution, to select specific courses, and to develop an acceptable program of study and research involving the other partner institutions.  In developing a program of study, the DAGSI student should work with his or her assigned advisor at the Home Institution.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONSIDERATIONS

Efficient operation of DAGSI requires cooperation and coordination among the administrative support offices at the partner institutions, also between these offices and the DAGSI students.  The three core DAGSI partners are committed through written agreements to administrative policies which strive to minimize inconvenience to students while maximizing the available resource base.  Where possible, policy and procedures have been developed to avoid burdening the DAGSI graduate student with additional administrative requirements.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT HOME INSTITUTION AND PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

At the beginning of each term, the Registrar's and Bursar's Offices at all three partner institutions are provided with an updated list of DAGSI scholarship students.  DAGSI students register as required for classes at their Home Institution.  To take a class at a partner institution, the student must fill out a DAGSI Cross-Registration Form, available at the Registrar's Office of any partner school, and submit it through his/her Home Institution.  There is no need to register in person at the institution offering the class.  The cross-registration form will be forwarded to the partner institution, which will ensure registration and the transfer of grades back to the Home Institution.

QUARTER AND SEMESTER HOURS CONVERSIONS

AFIT and WSU operate on a quarter hour system; UD operates on a semester hour system.  For grade records, DAGSI converts the credit hours taken at a partner institution to their Home Institution equivalent according to the following formula:

1 semester hour = 1.5 quarter hour

1 quarter hour = 2/3 semester hour

This translation is automatically done through the student's Home Institution Registrar's Office when a DAGSI Cross-Registration Form is submitted.

THE DAGSI TUITION BILLING PROCESS

DAGSI is billed automatically each term for a student's tuition.  However, it is not uncommon for a student to receive a bill for classes taken at a partner institution.  There may be fees included, which are the responsibility of the student.  However, at times tuition bills are mailed to students before DAGSI has reconciled its accounts and paid the institution.  DAGSI students should disregard any bills received for tuition only.  However, in the event a student receives a second notice bill for tuition, please contact Kim Elam in the DAGSI Office to have this reconciled.

DAGSI PARTNER INFORMATION

Click on the following for contact points, course catalogs, and course schedules.

AFIT

UD

WSU

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