June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Transforming from a high schooler to a college first-year student is a challenge for any student for many reasons. This challenge is more intense when the student chooses professional undergraduate degree programs such as engineering due to more stringent program requirements and higher expectations of academic preparedness, particularly in mathematics and sciences. A significant number of students enrolled in a minority institution like a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) are still first-generation college students in their families. Hence, the challenges they have to overcome as the first-year students are greater than their peers. This situation warrants a first-year course that is specifically designed to help the first-year student who intends to pursue an engineering major to successfully navigate their academic life within the campus. The freshmen students are challenged with a number of issues including financial management, time management, student advising and alcohol, and drug policies. In this paper, the authors explore how such one section of a course titled First Year Seminar (FYS 1101) specially customized for engineering majors and offered at their HBCU institution would address the challenges of incoming engineering first-year student.
Kandiah, R., & Nedunuri, K. K., & Perdomo, E. (2019, June), Work in Progress: First-Year Seminar Course, a Steppingstone Course to Strengthen the Engineering Programs in a Minority Institution Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33621
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