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First-Year Program Enhancements at Liberty University

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2017 FYEE Conference


Daytona Beach, Florida

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August 6, 2017

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August 6, 2017

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August 8, 2017

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WIP: Engineering Education Research - Focus on Problem Solving

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FYEE Conference - Works in Progress Submission

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James Lloyd Long Liberty University

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Currently serving as Assistant Professor of Engineering at Liberty University, specializing in Introduction to Engineering, Technical Communications, Engineering Economy, and Probability and Statistics for Engineers. Retired from the U. S. Navy after nearly 23 years as a submarine warfare officer; served as the Fleet Protocol Officer during the first Iraqi War (Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm). Certified as a Project Management Professional with 20 years experience in the commercial nuclear power industry and the radio broadcast industry. Married to Roxanne for 46 years, two children, five grandchildren. Resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Carolyn Ziebart Liberty University

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Liberty University’s School of Engineering and Computational Sciences was established in 2007 and currently offers undergraduate programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science (with four cognates), as well as a graduate program in Cyber Security. The First Year Engineering program has recently completed the third year of an ongoing initiative to transform it from a ‘make or break’ mindset to one more focused on preparing the incoming students for success in their engineering programs, which is the focus of this ‘work-in-progress’ report. A number of new active learning pedagogies have been implemented in the Introduction to Engineering course to provide a greater focus on critical thinking, metacognition, and acquisition of effective student learning skills. Additionally, a number of student success initiatives have been instituted and additional initiatives are planned for the future. The results, while not yet up to the levels typically cited at the First Year Engineering Experience annual conference, have nonetheless been encouraging and are discussed in this report.

Long, J. L., & Ziebart, C. (2017, August), First-Year Program Enhancements at Liberty University Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida.

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