June 18, 2006
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FRESHMAN BOXING LESSONS DESIGNED TO “TKO” ACADEMIC FAILURE Abstract
No one would argue with the fact incoming freshmen have a great deal to learn in a multitude of areas if they are to succeed in their undergraduate education. In a sense they are “amateurs” in the whole new “ring” of college life.
The high school “training” received will require a significant intensification as the freshmen become competent and mature professionals in their chosen discipline. An entirely new set of “sparring” skills must be developed and practiced if the freshmen are to grow and mature physically, emotionally, and academically over the next four years.
The purpose of this paper focuses on a detailed explanation of the “coaching” new freshmen receive so they can succeed academically during their critical first year in a very demanding technical degree program. The analogy of “boxing” works well since “amateur” freshmen must become “champion” professional seniors in their chosen field.
The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) instituted a major initiative to enhance the probability of success for all incoming freshmen. The new mandatory one credit course was titled “University Scholarship”. Designed to give freshmen basic “boxing” skills to succeed academically, the section of the course offered to Engineering Technology freshmen provides a “one – two punch” through the collaborative efforts of the Engineering Technology Division and UPJ’s Academic Support Center.
The “first punch” comes from “boxing” lessons taught by the Academic Support Center and included a variety of “sparring” skills applicable to all college freshmen. These include topics such as academic integrity, personal management skills, testing and test anxiety, diversity, registration process, problem solving and decision making.
The “second punch” comes from “boxing” lessons taught by the Engineering Technology faculty. Their contribution centers on giving freshmen an engineering specific perspective on the profession they will enter upon graduation. “Sparring” skills the faculty teach include subjects such as an overview of the engineering profession, success strategies, personal growth and development, student organizations, the difference between engineering technology and engineering, and employment opportunities.
Many incoming college freshmen believe that they have developed the requisite skills in high school to guarantee success in college. However, early in the first semester their level of confidence often begins to decline especially after they encounter their first series of quizzes and/or examinations. The curricular challenge may be more than expected and frequently the learning skills acquired in high school will not allow the student to realize his/her full potential. The student may find that the challenge of college is more than expected because they have not
Withiam, B., & Dawkins, S., & Martinazzi, R. (2006, June), Freshman Boxing Lessons Designed To "Tko" Academic Failure Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--120
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