New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Two Year College Division
This paper introduces the Transfer Pipeline (TiPi) Scholars’ program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that focuses on students who transfer at the 3rd year level from 2-year schools to our university. The objectives of the TiPi program are: (i) to address a national concern by helping to expand and diversify the engineering/technology workforce of the future, (ii) to develop linkages and articulations with 2-year schools and their S-STEM programs, (iii) to serve as a model for other selective universities to provide transfer students the access to the baccalaureate, (iv) to give scholars hands-on experience in the latest tools and technologies, and (v) to provide increased career opportunities and job placement rates through mandatory co-op experiences.
The TiPi program awarded 25 scholarships in each of the last three academic years for a total of 75 new transfer students in our engineering and engineering technology programs.
As of Fall 2015, the status of these 75 scholars is as follows: 17 have graduated, 33 are carrying full-time academic load, 21 are in paid co-op positions, and 4 have left the program. So, our retention rate has been approximately 95%.
This paper describes the characteristics of the 75 scholars, compares their academic performance relative to their peers, and their placement in paid cooperative employment positions.
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