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Peer Mentoring, Learning Strategies Course, and Online Math-Help Module to Increase Retention in School of Engineering

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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First-Year Programs: Peer Mentoring

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Corey Kiassat Quinnipiac University

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Dr. Corey Kiassat is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, and the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering at Quinnipiac University. He has a BASc and a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA, majoring in Marketing and International Business, from York University. Corey is a Professional Engineer and has 11 years of industry experience in manufacturing engineering and operations management with General Motors in USA and Canada. He has also been involved with a start-up company in personalized preventive healthcare. Corey’s research focus is on the role of people on performance of systems. His general research interest is the applications of Lean Six Sigma in the healthcare industry.

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Ruby ElKharboutly Quinnipiac University

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Prof. Ruby ElKharboutly an Associate Professor of Software Engineering at Quinnipiac University. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Connecticut and a MS in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo. She has over twelve years of experience teaching in public and private institutions. Here research focuses on social data analysis and modeling. Her general research includes pedagogical research that enhances students class experience and interdisciplinary research in which software engineering is used to empower other disciplines.

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A considerable number of students leave engineering within the first year. At the School of Engineering, we have identified several factors that cause students to leave. We ran three initiatives in the Fall semester to help underprepared first-year students in transitioning from school to college. These initiatives are pilot for a First-year Academy (FA) program that we plan to offer starting next year to increase the school retention rate. The three initiatives target social, metacognitive and academic skills. The first initiative is a mentoring program; the second a metacognition course; and the third an online mathematics help module. This paper discusses each initiative, the lessons learned, and the plan for moving forward.

Kiassat, C., & ElKharboutly, R. (2020, June), Peer Mentoring, Learning Strategies Course, and Online Math-Help Module to Increase Retention in School of Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35044

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