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Engineering Enrollment Retention Improvement by Application of the Wright State Mathematics Education Model. At many universities around the country student retention within engineering disciplinesis less than desirable. It has been observed that first year student dropout rates appear tocorrelate to individual performance in first-level calculus courses. In an effort to improvecalculus performance, and thus continuing enrollment, in fall of 2009 ___________________adopted aspects of the Wright State University model for mathematics education by introducingan introductory ‘Foundations of Engineering Mathematics’ course as a prerequisite for first-levelcalculus enrollment. This course consists of both lecture and laboratory periods which aredesigned to strengthen basic algebra and trigonometry skills while also introducing students tofoundational elements in both calculus, differential equations and other higher-levelmathematics. The early part of the course is designed to cover trigonometric and algebraicfundamentals in order that students may review these basics necessary for upper-levelmathematics and engineering courses and present practical engineering applications. The later-half of the class is spent introducing basic concepts for higher-level courses such asdifferentiation, integration, first and second order differential equations and linear algebra.Furthermore, the laboratory is designed to directly complement the lecture portion of the courseas students apply that weeks teaching directly to engineering models. This program inauguratesincoming engineering students by introducing applications of math within multiple disciplines ofengineering. Course success was examined by issuing a mid-term calculus readiness exam designedby the _________________________ mathematics department as well as examining studentfinal class grades in comparison to individual ACT math and ACT composite scores. Afterstudents who participated in the first incarnation of this course in fall 2009 completed their first-level Calculus I course in the following spring, data was collected and student calculus grades aswell as one year retention was compared to years prior. This is a discussion of the results of theprograms implementation as well as notable variables and their possible affects on the coursemodel after its first year of application. Herein also is discussed the possible benefits toengineering education programs as well as improvements adopted for the fall 2010 offering ofthe same Foundations of Engineering Mathematics course.
Newberry, B. L., & Miller, R., & Stevenson, R. A. (2011, June), Engineering Enrollment Retention Improvement by Application of the Wright State Mathematics Education Model Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17866
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