Asee peer logo

Bridges to Engineering: Success for Transfers

Download Paper |


2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Minority Student Success

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Page Count


Page Numbers

23.249.1 - 23.249.20



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Annita Alting Grove School of Engineering, The City College of the City University of New York

visit author page

Dr. Annita Alting is director of Academic Effectiveness at the City College of New York in the Grove School of Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Eindhoven on a research study into improving the participation of female high school students in physics. She holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She taught physics and mathematics in Dutch secondary schools and colleges and mathematics as an adjunct at Pace University. She performed curriculum evaluation and academic and educational advising at Delft University of Technology and large scale educational research at Twente University. Before coming to City College, she was a research associate in IBM research, performing organizational and usability studies.

visit author page

author page

Feridun Delale City College of the City University of New York


Joseph Barba City College of the City University of New York

visit author page

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Dean, Grove School of Engineering

visit author page

Download Paper |


Abstract Bridges to Engineering: Success for TransfersThe ACME School of Engineering partnered with two Community Colleges to improve thetransfer and success of students coming to Engineering. A broader goal of the project was toincrease the success of all students enrolling in the ACME school of Engineering.The three main components of the project, which took place from Fall 2005 through Spring 2012were: 1) Introducing lower level undergraduate students to research, 2) A Summer ResearchExperience for Community College students considering ACME, and 3) Harmonization of Math,Science and Engineering courses across the participating schools. Enrollment, study progress,graduation rates and other success indicators of ACME students in general and “Bridges”students in particular were tracked and compared. At the end of the project, we have indicationsthat research experience for enrolled and prospective students has a positive effect on persistencein and appreciation of, Engineering. The effect of course harmonization shows a positive, but notstatistically significant trend for transfers and a significant positive effect for those starting asfreshmen in ACME. The paper will discuss the “Bridges” project and its findings in the contextof other relevant developments, such as changes in admissions criteria and rising enrollments atthe ACME School of Engineering.

Alting, A., & Delale, F., & Barba, J. (2013, June), Bridges to Engineering: Success for Transfers Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19263

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2013 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015