June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
FPD VIII: Crossing Bridges and Easing Transitions into the First Year
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Statistically, students who matriculate to an engineering undergraduate program from aneconomically disadvantaged background are less likely to graduate than other students. Giventhe growing need for domestic engineering graduates, it is important to utilize the untappedpotential of students we now lose from engineering. Serving the needs of all segments of thepopulation is also an historic and integral part of the land grant mission of our university.Under long term NSF/LSAMP and corporate foundation funding, we have operated a summerbridge experience for students from economically disadvantaged, inner city areas of ourstate’s largest city. Students largely from the XX inner city area are recruited to take part inan experience that includes academic pre-classes as well as social network building. The bridgeprogram is targeted at students ready to matriculate to a university - and indeed most of thestudents in our bridge experience matriculate to MSU with the intent of pursuing anengineering degree. The capacity of the summer bridge program is 30 students.After completing the summer bridge program, students matriculate to XXX State Universityto pursue an engineering degree. Most will flow directly into a recently established (Fall, 2009)program: the Diversity Programs Office (DPO) Scholars Program (SP). DPO-SP is fundedinternally by XXX State University, corporate foundation grants and NSF funding, and isdesigned to provide a structured, mandatory academic mentoring and social support system forstudents coming from an under-prepared/economically disadvantaged background.The DPO-SP is a yearlong program spanning Year 1 of newly matriculated students. It is largelydesigned as a “good academic habits” building program with strong academic mentoring andsocial support networking to sustain a very strong year of transition into university life. DPO-SP is an essential part of our effort to increase the retention rate for economicallydisadvantaged students. Some of the students in DPO-SP will prove to themselves and tofaculty and staff that they are determined to persist in the quest for an engineering degree.In this report, we describe our experience with the DPO-SP program which now spans one yearplus one semester. We include analysis of data we have gathered in Fall, 2010, includingparticipation in the program (attendance at events and meetings) versus academic performanceas well as attitude survey data.
Caldwell, T. D., & Foster, K. P., & Lane, T. B., & Caldwell, R. A., & Vergara, C. E., & Sticklen, J. (2011, June), What Happens After a Summer Bridge Program: The DPO Scholars Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18713
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