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Choose Ohio First—IMProving REtention and Student Success in Computing (COF-IMPRESS-C): First-year Progress Report

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Technology Curriculum and Programs

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Nasser Alaraje University of Toledo

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Dr. Alaraje is currently a Professor and Chair of the Engineering Technology Department at The University of Toledo. Previously, Dr. Alaraje was a Professor and Program Chair of Electrical Engineering Technology in the School of Technology at Michigan Tech. Prior to his faculty appointment, he was employed by Lucent Technologies as a hardware design engineer, from 1997- 2002, and by vLogix as chief hardware design engineer, from 2002-2004. Dr. Alaraje’s research interests focus on processor architecture, System-on-Chip design methodology, Field-Programmable Logic Array (FPGA) architecture and design methodology, Engineering Technology Education, and hardware description language modeling. Dr. Alaraje is a 2013-2014 Fulbright scholarship recipient at Qatar University, where he taught courses on Embedded Systems. Additionally, Dr. Alaraje is a recipient of an NSF award for a digital logic design curriculum revision in collaboration with the College of Lake County in Illinois, and a NSF award in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, Drake State Technical College, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The award focused on expanding outreach activities to increase the awareness of potential college students about career opportunities in electronics technologies. Dr. Alaraje is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a member of the ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, a member of the ASEE Engineering Technology Division, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA).

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Recognizing the state of Ohio – and the nation – need a highly trained computing workforce with baccalaureate degrees to compete in the global economy, the Choose Ohio First – IMProving Retention and Student Success in Computing (COF-IMPRESS-C) project provides financial support and an ecosystem of high-impact curricular and co-curricular activities to increase the success of academically talented students.

The COF-IMPRESS-C team will leverage student-centered strategies and academic support, such as undergraduate research, faculty/peer mentoring, and academic success sessions to enhance academic and personal success. The project will facilitate the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of scholarship recipients, provide them with access to a continuum of student support services, resources, and opportunities for professional growth, and prepare scholarship recipients for graduate school or careers in computing. COF-IMPRESS-C will facilitate dual-enrollment of students in the Honors College, allowing an additional focus on developing leadership, entrepreneurial skills, and a success mindset. The goals of the project are to (1) increase the number and diversity of students pursuing degrees in computing; and (2) Add to the body of knowledge regarding best practices in computing education and promote the employment of computing graduates to meet the local and regional workforce needs.

The project team is led by the College of Engineering and includes THE Community College. The project brings together computing academic programs that are offered through the College of Engineering and programs in the Honors College, an inclusive and unique college designed around high-impact educational practices

The paper will address first year project activities including the COF-IMPRESS-C recruitment, and advertisement plan to first-year and community college transfer students. The paper will also address the student eligibility and selection process, the recruitment of the first cohort scholars, and finally the orientation program.

Alaraje, N. (2021, July), Choose Ohio First—IMProving REtention and Student Success in Computing (COF-IMPRESS-C): First-year Progress Report Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36794

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