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University – State College Curriculum Model for Student Success in Engineering and Computer Science Programs

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Two-year College Potpourri

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Two-Year College

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Diversity

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18

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https://peer.asee.org/31184

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Ali Zilouchian Florida Atlantic University

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Dr. Ali Zilouchian is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University. He is also currently the Director of “CAPTURE” program which is related to increasing pipeline, graduation rate as well as future jobs in the State of Florida related to STEM graduates especially Computer Science and Engineering fields. His recent projects have been funded by DOE, Florida BOG, National Science Foundation, Florida Power and Lights (FPL), Broward County School district and several other sources. His recent research works related to alternative energy applications includes Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for Solar Systems, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) and battery technology to transportation technology. In addition, he has conducted research on the applications of soft computing methodologies to industrial processes including, desalination processes, oil refineries, fuzzy control of jet engines, and fuzzy controllers for car engines.
Dr. Zilouchian has published one book, and over 143 book chapters, scholarly journal papers, and refereed conference proceedings. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. and MS students to completion during his tenure at FAU. He has taught more than thirty (30) different courses related to engineering technology during his tenure at FAU. In 1996 and 2001, Dr. Zilouchian was awarded for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at FAU. He has also received many awards including 1998 outstanding leadership award (IEEE, membership development), best organizer award(World Automation Congress, 2002), best paper award( WAC, 2002), 2003 and 2004 College of Engineering Dean’s awards in recognition of his contributions toward achievement of the goals of College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU. He has served as session chair and organizer of many sessions in the international conferences for the past 30 years. Professor Zilouchian is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering out of Oxford, UK. Professor Zilouchian is senior member of several professional societies including Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, ASEE and IEEE.

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Nancy Romance Florida Atlantic University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8449-0187

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Dr. Romance is Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a graduate faculty member in both the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Science at FAU.Her research interests address meaningful learning in complex STEM domains, applying a learning sciences lens in addressing issues ranging from building elementary teachers knowledge and skill in teaching science to coordinating learning communities addressing mathematics curriculum as a persistent barrier impacting student success and retention in undergraduate STEM programs. She is currently OI on a NSF DR K-12, Co-PI on a USDOE Title III Hispanic Serving Institution, internal evaluator on FAU's NSF Advance early phase grant, and a member of the Advisory Board on the NSF STEM+C in Broward Schools and the NSF MSP at the University of Toledo.

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Dana Hamadeh Palm Beach State College

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Dana Hamadeh earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Mathematics. Some of her professional experiences include over ten years teaching college mathematics, supervising student learning center for physics and mathematics, managing million dollar STEM grant programs, and serving as Associate Dean of STEM Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College. She continues to develop and present dynamic and interactive staff, faculty, and student workshops and seminars on various academic and professional related topics. She feels privileged and blessed to wake up every morning doing what she loves to do.

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Annie Laurie Myers Broward College

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Annie Myers - A dynamic, forthright leader who engages her faculty and students in partnerships for success in process and performance, she exudes positive energy and has the ability to energize others.
A hybrid leader, with 22 years of supervisory, management, and leadership experience from the newspaper industry, proficient in both operations and information systems. Annie has been teaching in Computer Science and IT for over 16 years.

Associate Dean at Broward College and teaching since 2002, providing leadership and policy advice on matters related to all teaching and academic support services which include courses within Baccalaureate degrees, Associate in arts, Associate in science, and Associate in Applied Science.

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Michael Vitale East Carolina University

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DR. Vitale holds the Ph.D. in Educational Research and Instructional Psychology.

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Abstract

Powerful indicators suggest that there may be more than 1 million new jobs in STEM fields by the year 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Equally powerful indicators suggest that Hispanics are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in America, but one of the least represented in STEM post-secondary education and STEM careers. The importance of these two indicators in terms of America’s global competitiveness, national security, and economic growth and development cannot be underestimated. In considering how to address these two indicators, a collaborative initiative continues to be expanded in which resources from the Florida Board of Governors and the recently awarded USDOE Title III HSI Grant has resulted in a vibrant infrastructure and sustainable model to support the transition of students from the state colleges to the university. In addressing these issues, this paper presents how growing numbers of transfer students from state colleges can be successful in rigorous STEM degree programs. Specifically highlighted as part of the transfer model are curriculum alignment and mapping, degree-specific flight plans, and program-geared advising and “Gateway” courses. The collected data validates the effectiveness of the proposed model in increasing both the STEM student pipeline, and graduation rates. The process has also deepened our understanding of the needs of students to better align student careers aspirations with industry workforce needs. The project addresses an urgent need of promoting STEM education across emerging populations of transfer students from State Colleges to State Universities in the State of Florida and beyond.

Zilouchian, A., & Romance, N., & Hamadeh, D., & Myers, A. L., & Vitale, M. (2018, June), University – State College Curriculum Model for Student Success in Engineering and Computer Science Programs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31184

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