June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Minorities in Engineering
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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
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