June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Minorities in Engineering
26.1385.1 - 26.1385.14
Sophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) at CalStateLASUCCEEd program at CalStateLA was designed within an integrated curriculum context to overcome thelow success rate with respect to graduation and professional licensing, a common problem inengineering programs at minority serving institutions. The curriculum design has been driven byoutcomes established to help Engineering majors acquire a strong foundation in core competencies in 1)analysis, 2) applications, 3) design and modeling, 4) communication, and 5) professionalism. Thecurriculum has also been designed to provide cohesiveness between the different courses in a givensemester so that students can focus on common topics from the perspective of each of the fivecompetency areas and see the interconnectedness of the material they are learning in all five classes.Although, the integrated curricula approach was developed in the late-80s, it has not been widelyimplemented due to the number of obstacles at individual, departmental and institutional level hasmade the widely implementation of such methodology not been possible. Many of these obstacles arecommon to strategies that require major transformation in the engineering program. The paper reportson the programmatic and administrative challenges encountered at CalStateLA and the strategies usedto overcome them during the implementation of the pilot program. The pilot consisted of onintegrating/contextualizing 9 quarter units of lower division engineering courses (i.e.: statics,programming, matrix algebra, and CAD). The paper concludes by providing recommendations toengineering programs at other minority serving institutions that are looking for strategies to retain andgraduate students through innovative teaching methodologies.
Menezes, G. B., & Sharif, A. A., & Pacheco-Vega, A., & Won, D. S., & Rodriguez-Nikl, T., & Ragusa, G., & Khachikian, C. S. (2015, June), Sophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) at Cal State L.A. Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24722
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