June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Summer Engineering Enrichment Program Results Exceed ExpectationsA long term ten week residence engineering enrichment program for incoming first timefreshman engineering majors with ACT Math scores of 17-25 is exceeding expectations,especially time to graduate expectations. Over sixty percent of first time freshman have ACTMath scores in this range (21.0 average for last five years). The principle reason for studentschanging majors in the first two years was historical challenges in success with the calculuscourse sequence in a timely manner. The summer program was designed to directly address thismathematics preparation challenge by enrolling students in College Algebra and UniversitySuccess(required) in the first summer term and in Trigonometry the second summer term toprepare them for success in Calculus I during the fall semester. Students visit engineeringemployers and are briefed by alumni in their workplace. The students live together in thedormitory and are mentored to become a community of engineering learners. Courses are taughtin the Engineering Building to establish an early sense of pride and belonging to the engineeringstudent community. Students meet with engineering advisors during the second summer termand register for the fall semester. The program was initiated in summer 2009 with 24 studentsand has reached 209 students in the six cohorts to date. Our historical four year engineeringgraduation rate was less than five percent for first time freshman. There have been twelve fouryear graduates from the first two cohorts translating to 20%, (12/61). This increase greatlyexceeded expectations and is approaching the six year graduation rate. An additional four 2009cohort students graduated in four years and one semester for a 4.5 year engineering graduationrate of 29% (7/24). The five year STEM graduation rate for the 2009 cohort was 37.5% (9/24),and the five year university graduation rate was 46% (11/24). A detailed examination of ACTMath scores of the 16 engineering graduates revealed that 14/16 or 87.5% of graduates to datehad ACT Math scores from 20-25 and only 2/16 or 12.5% had scores of 17-19. These twogroups have about the same number of students. Data from several more years of graduates areneeded to quantify the statistical significance of this trend. The paper contains comprehensiveanalyses of one to five year retention and graduation data in engineering, in STEM and in theuniversity. Results have exceeded original expectations in most all areas and are described indetail.
Whalin, R. W., & Pang, Q. J. (2015, June), Summer Engineering Enrichment Program Results Exceed Expectations Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24777
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