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The Roses Program At Michigan State University: History And Assessment

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1037.1 - 6.1037.13



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Regina Zmich

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Thomas Wolff

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Session 1653

The ROSES Program at Michigan State University: History and Assessment

Regina T. Zmich, Thomas F. Wolff Michigan State University


The Residential Option for Science and Engineering Students (ROSES program) at Michigan State University is in its eighth year. This program provides a variety of integrated residential, social and academic for students in their freshman year, aimed at easing the transition to collegiate life and the engineering educational experience. This paper summarizes the objectives, evolution and operation of the program and the results of several program assessments.


“The first semester is hard on freshmen and there needs to be a way to prepare us for how difficult it really is. Not all incoming freshmen are clueless, party-going slackers, some struggle very much to achieve a 4.0 and good academic standing without always making it. It is important to know that you can’t blow off any of the work or not go to class and still do well.”

… Student quote, 1998-99 ROSES student, assessment survey…

I. Introduction

The Residential Option for Science and Engineering Students (ROSES) at Michigan State University (MSU) is a residential living-learning program intended to provide a supportive and collegial environment for new freshmen intending to pursue majors and careers in technical fields. Participation in the program is selective for incoming freshmen with majors in the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Engineering, and Natural Science. The majority of these students, about 150 of 200, are Engineering majors, with the rest from the College of Natural Science and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. The primary components of the program include a common residence hall, a seminar course, reserved sections of common freshmen courses, tutoring and provision of peer leaders in the residence hall. The program has been in place for eight years, providing the opportunity to relate some lessons learned and perform some program assessment.

II. Why a Living-Learning Program? Some Background and History

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Zmich, R., & Wolff, T. (2001, June), The Roses Program At Michigan State University: History And Assessment Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9760

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