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The Freshman Engineering Program At The State University Of New York At Binghamton

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2004 Annual Conference

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design in Freshman Year

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

9.1264.1 - 9.1264.12

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https://peer.asee.org/12814

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George Catalano

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Paper No. 2004-1169

The Freshman Engineering Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton

Dr. George D. Catalano Department of Mechanical Engineering State University of New York at Binghamton

Abstract

The mission of the freshman-engineering program at the State University of New York at Binghamton is to provide incoming students the skills necessary to succeed in engineering. The program has four main thrusts: academic instruction in the two semester introduction to engineering sequence, an evening tutoring effort, an ongoing collaborative review of the freshmen year experience with faculty from mathematics and the sciences and linkage with the Binghamton Success Program, a federally funded effort to support students from underrepresented groups in engineering. Each of the four elements will be described with attention paid to assessment and planned future directions and developments. The program has changed dramatically over the course of the last two years and has witnessed both successes, and to a lesser extent, several failures.

Introduction One of the innovative features of undergraduate engineering education at the State University of New York at Binghamton is the common freshman year program, administered by the Division of Engineering Discovery and Design. Students are not required to select a major area of emphasis (i.e. bioengineering, computer, electrical, mechanical, system or industrial engineering) until the end of the freshman year. The mission statement of the freshman-engineering program is to provide incoming students the skills necessary to succeed in engineering. The program has four main thrusts: (a) academic instruction in the two semester introduction to engineering sequence; (b) an evening tutoring effort; (c) an ongoing collaborative review of the freshmen year experience with faculty from mathematics and the sciences; and (d) linkage with the Binghamton Success Program, a federally funded effort to support students from underrepresented groups in engineering.

The present work will provide detailed information and a careful assessment of the various elements of the freshmen year efforts over the past two years and end with a description of the planned future directions and developments.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Catalano, G. (2004, June), The Freshman Engineering Program At The State University Of New York At Binghamton Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/12814

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