June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
15.936.1 - 15.936.18
Overview of Louisiana State University’s STEM Talent Expansion Program, Engineering Engagement for Student Success, ENG2
The Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Engineering’s ENG2 Project is designed to increase the number of engineering and construction management graduates through retention programs aimed at developing and maintaining a sense of community among the students and faculty, enhancing academic skills of the students, and providing a framework for interactions between faculty, students and industry personnel. The project hosts three main programs: a Faculty Development Workshop, the Encounter Engineering Bridge Camp (E2), and a freshman course, ENGR 1050 Introduction to Engineering. The project also hosts several of its professional development and academic enhancement activities in the Engineering Residential College (ERC), a residential hall for freshmen. Finally, the project is expanding Peer Mentoring, which emerged from the bridge camp team captains, and now is incorporated into ENGR 1050.
Assessment includes individual program elements and overall impact on retention. Feedback on the individual components includes surveying the attitudes and value of the various activities by the participants, instructors and other personnel. The ENGR 1050 course and the Peer Mentoring program were assessed by an outside evaluator. The overall project impact includes tracking the graduation and attrition rates of all students, comparing these rates between programs and to a control, obtaining attitudinal and perception feedback from student surveys on program components and independent observations of faculty and an outside evaluator. Based on the 2 years of data for Cohort 1 (07/08 AY) and 1 year of data from Cohort 2 (08/09 AY), preparation for calculus appears to be the positive significant factor in retention in the College of Engineering and the university. Participation in the camp and ENGR 1050 is also positive. Overall students who participate in any ENG2 program activity have a higher retention in the College of Engineering and in STEM programs than those who do not participate. This manuscript describes the main ENG2 program elements and their assessment in detail as well as the retention data for 2 cohorts.
Research has shown that engineering retention and graduation rates are enhanced through first year experiences that actively incorporate and engage faculty and students (1-7). From the behaviorist perspective, participants involved in activities that utilize hands-on inquiry and active learning strategies, demonstrate that continued learning and a sense of community has occurred by manifesting enduring change in observable behavior, such as changes in attitudes, higher GPA’s and retention in the college, and active involvement in their respective student organizations, relative to a cohort group with similar aptitude and incoming test scores. Many behaviorists suggest that very few incoming freshmen reached the “formative operational stage” of learning. (8- 9) The “formal operation stage” is defined by Jean Piaget (1896-1980) as the ability to use symbols in abstract concepts. Piaget asserted that the stages of mental cognition are based on biological age; whereas Bruner suggested that each stage is present and necessary for learning. Learning is therefore a process of motor activity or rote task, developing images to
Dann Johnson, S., & Waggenspack, W., & Scalzo, J., & Rusch, K., & Knapp, G., & Seals, R. (2010, June), Overview Of Louisiana State University's Stem Talent Expansion Program, Engineering Engagement For Student Success Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16103
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015