Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 24, 2001
June 24, 2001
June 27, 2001
6.790.1 - 6.790.11
Faculty and administrators at universities across the country are concerned with the retention rates of freshmen. Studies have indicated that the freshman year is the most difficult year for college students. This is a transitional period from high school to college, where students must adapt to a new learning and social environment. To address this transitional period for engineering freshmen, Morgan State University School of Engineering implemented the Pre-Freshman Accelerated Curriculum in Engineering (PACE) Summer Bridge Program. This paper describes the program, the implementation strategies, the results of placement test performance, and freshman to sophomore matriculation. PACE is a six- week summer residential program offered to incoming engineering freshmen. The goal of the PACE Program is to increase the retention rate of engineering freshmen by having them successfully complete the gate-keeping mathematics and science courses. The objectives of this program are to foster group dynamics; over-simulate the freshman learning environment; and to prepare the participants to successfully pass the Morgan State University placement test. As a result of their test profile, PACE students enroll in the ECSEL and PACE Cluster courses (developed by the Morgan ECSEL Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership sponsored by NSF). The ECSEL Cluster courses include Calculus, Physics, English and Introduction to Engineering. The PACE Cluster courses include Calculus or Pre- Calculus, Chemistry, English and Introduction to Engineering. As the students move from PACE through the ECSEL/PACE Cluster courses, they move as a learning community, providing mutual support for each other. They are given academic support, mentoring, tutoring and advising for successful completion of the gatekeeper courses in mathematics and science and to increase the matriculation from freshmen to sophomores.
White, C., & Curtis, M., & Martin, C. (2001, June), Pre-Freshman Accelerated Curriculum in Engineering (PACE) Summer Bridge Program Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9660
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