Daytona Beach, Florida
August 6, 2017
August 6, 2017
August 8, 2017
FYEE Division - Paper Submission
To assist the transition of students from high school to the challenges of college level engineering courses, The Citadel developed a math review program to retain more engineering students. Students who initially selected one of the engineering majors were tempted to change majors early due to difficulties encountered in non-engineering courses such as math. Recent years had higher enrollments than what was expected in engineering. The challenge was to provide appropriate levels of support and curriculum engagement to help students be successful and retain them in the engineering programs. For the past two years, the School of Engineering conducted a variation of Math Review sessions at the pre-calculus level during the first few weeks of the fall term. Engineering faculty conducted one-hour math review sessions in the evenings. The sessions were designed to be active learning sessions where instructors worked example problems followed by students working problems on the board and discussing the solutions. With some documented success in grade improvement and retention rates in the math review conducted by engineering faculty, the Math Department created a math review program modeled after the School of Engineering’s. Prior to the current school year, freshman math courses met four times weekly. The new Math Review scheduled a math work session each week for one hour in freshman math courses. Math instructors were free to use the extra hour meeting time to work problems or they include shorter problem solving sessions throughout the week. The objectives of this paper are to explain this initiative, to assess the first year program results quantitatively and qualitatively through grades, retention data and surveys, and to discuss the future potential of the program.
Rabb, R. J., & Bower, K. C., & Martin, A. K., & Bierman, E. K. (2017, August), Math Problem Solving Sessions for Freshman Engineering Success Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida. https://www.jee.org/29425
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