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A Chemical Engineering Success Course for Transfer Students

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Chemical Engineering Courses in Emergent Areas

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Chemical Engineering

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Taryn Melkus Bayles University of Pittsburgh

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Taryn Bayles, Ph.D., is a NTS Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she incorporates her industrial experience by bringing practical examples and interactive learning to help students understand fundamental engineering principles. Her current research focuses on engineering education, outreach and curriculum development.

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Our department has developed a one-credit course, which is designed to assist in the successful transition of transfer students from their previous community college or university to our institution. It focusses on developing and understanding the skills needed and the academic expectation to achieve success at an Honors University. This course is taken by transfer students, simultaneously with our material & energy balance course. Prior to the development of this course, our department identified that most of our transfer students did not have the required computing skills, which are needed to be successful in our upper-level courses; therefore, some of the classes/assignments of the success course focus on MATLAB programming. The transfer success course has been taught for the last five years by the same faculty member who teaches the material and energy balance course. This paper will describe the success course structure, content and assessment. In addition, the graduation and retention rates will be presented for transfer students who have and have not taken the success course.

Bayles, T. M. (2016, June), A Chemical Engineering Success Course for Transfer Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26273

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