June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
FPD VIII: Crossing Bridges and Easing Transitions into the First Year
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The **** Science Talent Expansion Program: Freshman Orientation for STEM MajorsDuring summer of 2010, we conducted a series of freshman orientation programs that were heldfor science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at this metropolitanuniversity. Approximately XX students were advised in this manner, during YY summerorientation sessions. This comprised a significant change from previous years, which used acollege-specific approach to advising, thereby limiting various retention programs andopportunities designed and promoted by the College of Engineering, to engineering majors. Themotivation for these changes was a Science Talent Expansion Program award from the NationalScience Foundation, and the fact that the retention rates for freshmen engineering majors isapproximately 10% higher as compared with science and mathematics majors. The grantproposed to (1) integrate the science and mathematics majors with the engineering majors duringsummer orientation, (2) expand the learning community offerings to STEM majors, (3) to createa General Sciences course for STEM majors that are underprepared in mathematics, and (4) tooffer an elective, non-credit bearing mathematics online review course, free of charge, tostudents entering the university in STEM majors. An underlying and important rationale forwidening the advisement base to include all STEM majors in an inclusive manner is the fact thatmany freshmen are unsure of their major. Therefore orientation materials were prepared thatemphasized the commonalities between majors and the underpinning courses and theirprerequisites. The results of these four activities, to date, will be presented together with strategyrevisions planned for summer, 2011.
Callahan, J., & Garzolini, J. A., & Hunt, G. L., & Guarino, J., & Bullock, D., & Shadle, S., & Schrader, C. B. (2011, June), The Idaho Science Talent Expansion Program: Freshman Orientation for STEM Majors Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18719
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