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Comparison of a First-year Experience Course with and without a Living

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

FPD XI: Tidbits and Cookies

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First-Year Programs

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25.332.1 - 25.332.14



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Thomas J. Vasko Central Connecticut State University

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Thomas J. Vasko, Assistant Professor, joined the Department of Engineering at Central Connecticut State University in the fall 2008 semester after 31 years with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he was a Pratt & Whitney Fellow in Computational Structural Mechanics. While at UTC, Vasko held adjunct instructor faculty positions at the University of Hartford and RPI Groton. He holds a Ph.D. in M.E. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S.M.E. from RPI, and a B.S.M.E. from Lehigh University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and he is on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers.

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Peter F. Baumann Central Connecticut State University

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Peter Baumann is a professor of engineering at CCSU involved with mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology programs. His industrial experience spans 20 years. He served as Chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee B7 and also chaired his local ASM International chapter and continues as a member on its Board of Directors. Baumann received a B.S. in metallurgy at Penn State, earned an M.S. from MIT Mechanical Engineering, and completed a Ph.D. in materials science at Polytechnic University.

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Comparison of a First Year Experience Course with and without a Living Learning Community ArrangementThe University has had a First Year Experience (FYE) program in the Department ofEngineering since 2003 provided through an Introduction to Engineering course. In the fall of2010, a Living Learning Community (LLC) for incoming engineering students was alsoestablished. The Living Learning Community arrangement places those students, who volunteerfor the program, in the same wing of a campus dormitory and requires them to take the sameIntroduction to Engineering and math courses. The goal of this arrangement is to fosteracademic success, student relationships, sharing of ideas and concepts, teamwork, and studypartnerships. To evaluate the benefits of an LLC to students, a comparison of grades,attendance, and retention for two FYE Introduction to Engineering classes, one with an LLC andone without, will be presented. Additionally, results from a survey of both classes focusing onthe student’s campus engagement, learning styles, study habits, and engineering programawareness will be discussed.

Vasko, T. J., & Baumann, P. F. (2012, June), Comparison of a First-year Experience Course with and without a Living Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21090

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