June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
First-Year Programs Division Technical Session 7: The Transition from High School to College
26.900.1 - 26.900.12
Implementation and Effects of a Bridge Program to Increase Student Learning and Retention in Engineering ProgramsAn engineering bridge program was implemented and utilized to assist pre-engineering students byoffering an optional one week course to strengthen their math and problem solving skills, while alsoproviding mentoring and academic support opportunities to the students throughout the academicyear following the course. The program has been in effect for over six years, and has had anapproximate total enrollment of over 700 students during that time. Enrollment in the bridge programis offered to incoming students that have scored in the range of four to seven on the math placementexam (MPE), and the course is specifically designed to strengthen the student’s understanding oftrigonometry and related problem solving. The goal of the research is to determine whether thebridge program has an immediate effect on improving grades in math and engineering classes, and todetermine whether the program has a long-term effect on the students by retaining them within theengineering program. The results of the research, based as a comparison between students that didand did not enroll in the bridge program, showed that the students enrolled in the bridge programbrought their performance levels up to approximately the same level as the entire engineering collegeitself, indicating that the program was successful in increasing performance of the target students.Additionally the program showed that students enrolled in the bridge program stayed within anengineering major after their first year at approximately the same rate as the entire engineeringcollege.
Vercellino, T., & Christenson, D., & Morse, A. N. (2015, June), Implementation and Effects of a Bridge Program to Increase Student Learning and Retention in Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24237
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