June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
This Evidence-based practice paper documents the collaboration, research, and future work of the interdisciplinary research team, the Guild for Engineering Education, Achievement, Retention and Success (GEARS) at the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Over the last 9 years (2010-2018), GEARS has investigated factors that contribute to first-year retention as well as the effectiveness of various interventions in the first semester. GEARS follows an interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community (FLC) structure; members meet monthly and review all ongoing projects, develop new projects, and gather interdisciplinary feedback. Due to the unique team and meeting structure, GEARS has produced many novel research projects. While the GEARS mission of improving engineering student retention and success has not changed over time, the collaboration and sharing of expertise has caused new research questions and ways of studying retention to emerge. This paper discusses the progress of our collaboration and highlights the insights of a variety of specialists, looking at first-year engineering retention.
Tinnell, T. L., & Bego, C. R., & Ralston, P. A., & Hieb, J. L. (2019, June), An Interdisciplinary Research Group’s Collaboration to Understand First-Year Engineering Retention Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32073
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