June 24, 2017
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This paper describes the first steps in building a new first-year engineering (FYE) program at the University of Kentucky. We start from the beginning, with a brief history of the program, and move into the construction of it as it exists today. We then describe a few of the notable design features of the program: the selection of the core team members; course design philosophy; interfacing with “higher ups”; expanding into satellite campuses; managing flexibility among individual student sections; and reaching out to departments both within and outside of the college of engineering. These topics will be addressed using an ethnographic framework, as well as first-hand descriptions by individuals within the FYE program.
We feel there are two items in particular that are of significant interest to the greater community. First there are unique problems – logistically and otherwise – that come to rise when the program is expanded into satellite campuses. How to address these issues is of fundamental importance to any emergent FYE program. Also, the nature of flexibility among instructors is a topic frequently ignored by FYE programs and not significantly addressed in the literature – a topic among our program colloquially referred to as “going rogue.” Within our program, we allow significant deviation to incorporate individual teaching styles while still requiring a core set of exercises to be accomplished by every course section.
Ricco, G. D., & Lumpp, J. K. (2017, June), Work in Progress: The Construction of a New First-Year Engineering Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29180
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