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Board 110: Improving Freshman Students’ Success Using "Tracking"

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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International Engineering Education Poster Session

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Western Michigan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a visiting professor at the CRICPE of Western Michigan University, a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students, and an academic adviser to many Indian educational institutes. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He was chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education) in 2017.

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Jayantrao Bhaurao Patil R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Jayantrao B. Patil is working as the Principal at the R. C. Patel institute of Technology, Shirpur, India and holds appointment as a Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering. He is also serving as a Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Member of Senate, Member of Academic Council, and Chairman of Board of Studies in Computer Engineering & Information Technology at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.

Jayantrao’s research interests include Web caching, Web Prefetching, Web data mining, Biometrics, and digital watermarking. He is the author/co-author of over 10 papers in refereed journal publications and over 10 papers in conference proceedings. He is also associated with many international conferences like ICICT 2014 at Chengdu, China, ICICT 2013 at New Delhi, India, and DNCOCO 2007 at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as a Session Chair and Program Committee Chair.

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Pramod Jagan Deore R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Pramod Deore is Professor of Electronics and Telecommunication Department at the R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India. He is also serving as a Senate Member and Member of Board of Studies in Electronics and Telecommunication at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.
His research interests include Interval arithmetic operations applications in Robust Control, Image Processing, and Bio-medical Signal Processing etc. He has published 40 papers in National/International Conferences/Journals and he has Co-authored two books. He is Member of IEEE and life member of ISTE

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Suhas Pandit Shukla R. C. Patel Institute of Technology

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The paper analyses academic performance of freshman students in a rural Indian college affiliated with a regional university. This college introduced tracking in 2013 by clustering lower performing students in a division and allocating the best teachers to them. For each class the same teacher conducts lectures and tutorials, thereby having more contact time with the students and facilitating better academic integration. The teachers prioritize learning over completion of the syllabus and engage students in challenges that are appropriate for their learning abilities, with adequate support.

Many educators do not recommend such clustering due to the fear of alienating poor performers and lack of access to role models and guidance from better performers. However, given the large variation in student learning abilities and relatively few teachers skilled enough to this variation, we hypothesized that such 'tracking' may produce more benefits than drawbacks. This hypothesis was validated.

The ‘tracking’ at this college resulted in a significant increase in the number of students advancing to the second year from 64% in 2013 to 69% in 2014 (p value 0.08) to 75% in 2015 (p-value 0.05). The total numbers of students in those three years were 489, 471, and 435, respectively. The study controlled for the academic preparation of incoming students. Comparison groups at other colleges within the university saw no similar increases during this period.

Waychal, P. K., & Patil, J. B., & Deore, P. J., & Shukla, S. P. (2018, June), Board 110: Improving Freshman Students’ Success Using "Tracking" Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29877

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