CA-03: Enhancing Student Success Through a Model "Introduction to Engineering" CourseRAYMOND B. LANDIS, California State University, Los Angeles

May 28-30, 2014 at California State University, Dominquez Hills in Carson, CA
(Los Angeles area)

"Sink or Swim."  For decades that policy has determined the success or failure of America's first-year engineering students.  The general paradigm has been to put up a difficult challenge and "weed out" those students that don't measure up.  Fortunately, engineering education in the United States is undergoing a revolution.  We are in the process of a shift from the "sink or swim" paradigm to one of "student development."  Engineering colleges all across the nation are revising their freshman year curricula with the primary goal of enhancing student success.

The short course will address the results of a National Science Foundation Course and Curriculum Development grant in which faculty from thirteen universities worked collaboratively to develop and document an Introduction to Engineering course designed to enhance student success by addressing five primary themes: community building; professional development; academic development; personal development; and orientation.  Participants will learn general pedagogical approaches for working with students to change their attitudes and behaviors and specific content and approaches for accomplishing important objectives under each of the five primary themes.

The format of the course will be strongly interactive.  Emphasis will be placed on group problem solving and on experiential learning.

Intended Audience:  Engineering faculty and engineering student services staff who are working to enhance engineering student success through Introduction to Engineering courses, summer orientations, or formal and informal advising and mentoring. 

Prerequisites: Anyone attending this course must agree to and sign the course contract. You may print the contract and sent it in with your fees or turn it in at the door the first day of the course. However, noone will be allowed to take the course who does not sign the Course Contract.

COSTS: There is a $75 Application Fee. There is a $125 Course Fee.

For information on logistics and accommodations:  Contact Kim Barras (see main page), California State University, Dominquez Hills, Recommended hotel: Holiday Inn – Torrance, 19800 S Vermont Ave., Torrance, CA 90502, (310) 781-9100.

Dr. Landis is Dean Emeritus of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a nationally recognized expert on engineering student retention and the author of the best-selling Introduction to Engineering textbook—Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career—now in its 3rd Edition with over 80,000 copies in print. He is recognized as the "father" of Minority Engineering Programs (MEPs) in the U.S. His "community building/collaborative learning" MEP model has been widely implemented at universities all across the nation.