Implementation of just in time and revamped engineering math courses to improve retention and graduation rates

Mehdi Shadaram, Brandy Alger, Mauli Agrawal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

We have created Just in Time Math (JITM) course for freshmen engineering students who show deficiency in math. The result has shifted the traditional emphasis on math prerequisite requirements for engineering classes to an emphasis on engineering motivation for math, with a "just-in-time" structuring of the new math sequence. Students still have to follow the traditional math sequences, however, the pre-requisites for some of the core engineering courses have changed from Calculus I to the newly developed Math classes. We have also incorporated engineering examples into the traditional and engineering mathematics courses. Since 2009, we have been offering cohorts of about 25 engineering freshmen every fall on a voluntary basis. The preliminary results indicate moderate improvements in the retention rate and GPA of participating students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEnergizing the Future, FIE 2013 - Proceedings
Pages154-158
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2013Oct 26 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityOklahoma City, OK
Period10/23/1310/26/13

Keywords

  • Engineering math
  • Retention and graduation rates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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