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Improving Performance of an Agricultural Diploma Student

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Biological & Agricultural Division Technical Session 2

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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Western Michigan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a visiting professor at the CRICPE of Western Michigan University, a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students, and an academic adviser to many Indian educational institutes. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He was chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education) in 2017.

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Pawan Ramchandra Galande

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The paper presents a program that seems to have resulted in statistically significant improvement in the performance of the third (final) year students of a three-year agricultural diploma program at an Indian school. The overall passing percentage increased from 19% for 38 students in the academic year 2015-16 to 48% for 45 students in the academic year 2016-17, and the total marks significantly increased from 55% to 61% (p value 0.005). The examination was conducted by a state university for several schools and had not undergone any significant changes in the two years that can influence the passing percentages. We chose three random colleges to check their performance and did not find significant difference (p value=0.29). The quality of the incoming students also did not change significantly (p value 0.84). The change in passing percentage may have been due to the program, that was developed systematically and executed meticulously. The key elements of the program included workshop of faculty members on the research-based instructional strategies that manifested in increased assignments and tests, remedial sessions for under-performers, and usage of relevant audio-visual clips and motivational movies. These activities were complemented by external interventions such as field visits and guest lectures. The school leadership's success in initiating campus interviews process also may have helped. The paper will provide details of all the interventions and further analysis of the resultant improvement.

Waychal, P. K., & Galande, P. R. (2018, June), Improving Performance of an Agricultural Diploma Student Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30632

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