New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
This paper describes an evidence-based practice. The primary objective of the Engineering Online Boot Camp is to increase retention and success of first year engineering students. The students accepted into the engineering program typically were very successful in high school. Many falsely believe the same habits that led to high school success will lead to college success. They are not aware of nature of challenges ahead of them. In addition to the new environment most are simultaneously adapting to, and it may add up to more instability than most have experienced in their young lives. Those not swift to recognize and adapt to the different habits and tools needed may perform poorly in classes and doubt their academic goals, leading to low first semester GPAs and low retention. To help address these problems, the Engineering Online Boot Camp program is designed to work on the following areas: 1) Grit: the importance of perseverance 2) Math readiness 3) Spatial visualization 4) Adjusting to Campus Life 5) Academic Expectations 6) Confirming your major 7) Resources 8) Interaction Few students need all areas addressed, but most students have needs in two or more areas. The program is designed to be inexpensive to run and require low maintenance with an enrollment of 300-400 students each summer. The students are enrolled in the program during Summer Orientation and urged to complete it on a voluntary basis during the summer. Results from the first two years look promising.
Harkins, M. (2016, June), Engineering Boot Camp: A Broadly Based Online Summer Bridge Program for Engineering Freshmen Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26623
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