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FORTE Program External/Internal Board Meeting September 28, 2012. College of Engineering & Applied Science. Re-Introductions. John Reisel – PI Ethan Munson – mentoring / LLC George Hanson – Bridge Program Ed Beimborn – Bridge Program Hossein Hosseini – Faculty Mentors

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forte program external internal board meeting september 28 2012

FORTE ProgramExternal/Internal Board MeetingSeptember 28, 2012

College of Engineering & Applied Science

re introductions
Re-Introductions
  • John Reisel – PI
  • Ethan Munson – mentoring / LLC
  • George Hanson – Bridge Program
  • Ed Beimborn – Bridge Program
  • Hossein Hosseini – Faculty Mentors
  • Marissa Jablonski – Coordinator
project summary
Project Summary
  • Improve CEAS retention and graduation
    • Summer Bridge Program
    • Living Learning Community (LLC)
    • Peer Mentoring / Study Groups
    • Faculty Mentoring
  • Evaluation – Assessment
summer bridge program
Summer Bridge Program
  • Program format is working to improve math placement
  • Number of students down (campus trend)
summer bridge program1
Summer Bridge Program
  • Revised Engineering Activities:
    • Week 1 – Bridge Building
    • Week 2 – RC Car Modification
    • Week 3 – Micro Hydro Power
    • Week 4 – Distortion Circuit Design
  • Offered scholarship money for participation level and contest winners.
    • Contingent on getting a C or better in Fall math class
  • Evening Math tutoring available – used by few
  • Teaming of mentors with students
living learning community
Living-Learning Community
  • Fourth year of “Innovation House” is just beginning. students are participating.
  • 68 Engineering / CS students signed up for 2012-13. (4 others as well.)
  • Each student had at least one course in common with others in the course.
  • Fall – Robotics / Media creation program with Discovery World
  • Spring – Engineering Olympics
study groups
Study Groups
  • Designed as study groups for math and introductory engineering and CS courses.
  • 2011 Fall participation increased to 82% of incoming CEAS freshmen participated to some extent, and 95% of those attended 9 or more sessions.
  • Working best at Calculus level (2.62 GPA compared to 2.04 GPA for participants/non-participants).
  • Improvement not as great at Pre-Calc levels.
program evaluation
Program Evaluation
  • Worked with Consulting Office of Research and Evaluation (CORE) to set up and maintain tracking database.
  • Most procedures for data collection have been ironed out, and a database for each of the last three years’ freshmen has been established. The 2007-08 and 2008-09 cohorts act as baselines, and the 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 cohorts are being used to monitor the effectiveness of the interventions.
other
Other
  • Papers were presented on the study groups and the preliminary effectiveness of the summer bridge program at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (June, San Antonio, TX)
  • Journal article appeared in the International Journal of Mathematics in Science and Technology (43:421-433)
plans for 2012 2013
Plans for 2012-2013
  • Maintain Basic Program Format
  • Continue Evaluation
  • Need to Continue Transition to Post-Grant Period
  • No-Cost Extension Request
  • Future STEP Grant?
    • Type 1B grants are not easy to get (so far).
    • Cooperate on a larger scale with rest of campus?