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Final Report on LEAP at UVU: An NSF S-STEM Project

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 8

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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Afsaneh Minaie is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chair of Engineering Department at Utah Valley University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include gender issues in the academic sciences and engineering fields, Embedded Systems Design, Mobile Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Nanotechnology, Data Mining and Databases.

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy is a professor of Computer Science Department at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research focuses on diverse areas such as: Database Design, Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Data Mining, Data Warehousing, and Machine Learning.

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Janis P. Raje

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Janis Raje is a free-lance technical writer for higher education programs. She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and her M.A. from University of Maine in English. She has a particular interest in STEM programs at the baccalaureate and pre- baccalaureate levels.

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Progress and Impact of LEAP2: An NSF S-STEM Scholarship Project

At many institutions of higher education, 50 percent or more of the freshman computer science & engineering students drop out of the programs due to a variety of reasons. Many computer science & engineering programs are trying to identify these reasons and find a solution to remedy it. A common goal among most of the educators in freshman engineering programs is to come up with strategies designed to improve the success of first-year engineering students. Since fewer students are entering computer science & engineering programs, it is essential that greater effort and attention be given to retaining students who have decided to pursue a computer science & engineering education.

It has long been recognized that retention of computer science & engineering students is a major problem at many institutions of higher education. Retention issues have a big impact on the colleges and universities in a variety of areas such as academic affairs, student services, and even recruitment of new engineering students. Nowadays, graduation rates are published, and lower rates reflect poorly on an institution of higher education. Because of these reasons and more, colleges and universities have turned their attentions to finding new ways to retain the students that do enroll in their computer science & engineering programs. XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX was awarded an NSF-S-STEM grant for $617,395.00 (over five-year period) to strengthen outcomes for students in computer science and engineering through Leadership, Engagement, Academic Mentoring, and Preparation (LEAP). This paper presents the progress and impact of this program on the institution, its computer science, Electrical Engineering, and computer engineering programs.

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R., & Raje, J. P. (2020, June), Final Report on LEAP at UVU: An NSF S-STEM Project Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34671

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