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1 Building a First-Year Engineering Program Presented by: John Demel, Richard Freuler, and John Merrill

2 Workshop Agenda Introductions Fill Out and Collect Questionnaire Review Ohio States Program / Other Models Questionnaire Summary Group Discussion Presentation about Building Support Summary and Wrap-up

3 Questions ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

4 Outline for this Presentation OSU Demographics Why we wanted to develop OSU Program First-Year Engineering Program (FEP) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Fundamentals of Engineering Honors (FEH) Results

5 The College of Engineering The Ohio State University Ohio State – ~57,000 students College of Engineering – ~6,000 students Nine Departments – AAE, CE, ChE, CSE, ECE, FABE, IWSE, ME, MSE 4,840 Undergraduates 1,260 First-Year Engineering Students – Selective Admission to OSU & Enrollment in Engineering ~ 280 Faculty

6 History of Ohio State First-Year Program ( ) Department of Engineering Graphics includes two four credit courses Engineering Graphics & Programming for all students. Late 1980s - OSU Engineering & national concern about retention < 50% retained Ohio State joined nine other schools for Gateway Engineering Education Coalition

7 Considered Drexel and Rose-Hulman Models Developed Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Program 1992 & 1997 Engineering Core Surveys of OSU Graduates 1998 Retreat – 100 Faculty History of Ohio State First Year -Program

8 Possible Models Rose-Hulman – First Year Quarter system Three 12 credit courses combining and integrating math, physics, chemistry, engineering Team of teachers Just in time delivery

9 Possible Models Drexel University Quarter System Combined topics for 1st Year Students (3 Qtrs) Math and Physics Chemistry and Biology Humanities (English+) for Engineering Engineering – Hands-On Labs, Maple, LabView, Design Projects Sophomore (2 Quarters) Systems, Energy, Materials

10 Freshman Year EPICS 151 (3) Sophomore Year EPICS 251(3) Semester System – Team Taught Weekly Schedule includes Project, CAD, Workshop Weekly Schedule includes Project, Computer, Workshop Design Methodology Problem Solving Communications Tools and Skills Same Project – One Client Design Methodology Problem Solving Communications Tools and Skills Many Projects w/ Clients

11 OSU Engineering Core Survey Students needed more: Teamwork Project management Communications Problem Solving CADD with Solid Modeling Computer Tools

12 Timeline for New Programs Year Activity (Students) 1992 Planning for FEH 1993 Pilot 1(30) 1994 Pilot 2/3 ( 38/65 ) 1995 Pilot 4/5(37/64) 1996 Pilot 6(64) 1997 FEH Approved (71) 1998 FEH (105) 1999 FEH (173) 2000 FEH (218) 2001 FEH (252) 2002 FEH (247) Year Activity (Students) 1997 Planning for FE 1998 Pilot (105) 1999 Pilot (275) 2000 FE Approved (681) 2001 FE (~800) 2002 FE (~1,050)

13 First-Year Engineering Program Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Program EG H191 - Graphics, CADD, Hands-on Labs, Short design projects EG H192 - Problem Solving, Algorithms, C/C++, Hands-on Labs, MATLAB EG H193 - Team Design-Build Project - Autonomous Robots, Project Management & Documentation, Robot Controller programmed in C

14 First-Year Engineering Program Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Program Students learn with a team of Faculty, GTAs, and Undergraduate TAs Engineering, Physics, and Math faculty meet weekly Students stay together for three quarters Faculty are selected for teaching ability Faculty and GTAs teach the labs Electronic Journals for weekly feedback

15 FEH Program Results Students get into their major one quarter early. Students participate in Co-op/Internship Students become leaders in student organizations – Local High Schools / FIRST FEH is a reason for top students to choose OSU over other schools.

16 Two Person Team Design Project

17 Team Robot Design-Build Project

18 Robot Competition

19 Team Project Oral Presentation

20 First-Year Engineering Program Fundamentals of Engineering Engineering 181 (parallel to H191) Graphics and CADD, Computer Tools (Excel, Word), Team Product Dissection Labs, Report Writing, Presentation Engineering 183 (parallel to H193) Graphics and CADD, MATLAB, Team Design-Build Project, Project Management and Documentation

21 First-Year Engineering Program Fundamentals of Engineering Students learn with a team of Faculty, GTAs, and Peer Mentors PMs Funded by Honda Students stay together for two quarters Faculty come from all departments Program and Course Assessment Electronic Journals Student Evaluation of Instruction

22 Hands On Lab Bridge Building & Competition

23 Hands On Lab Ice Cream Lab

24 Ten Week Team Design Project: A System to Sort Recyclable Materials Building the Conveyor

25 Ten Week Team Design Project: A System to Sort Recyclable Materials Testing the Design

26 Enrollment Since 1993

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28 Enrollment Fundamentals of Engineering 956 Students began the FE Course Sequence. 809 (85%) Students completed the Sequence. 704 (73%) Students returned to ENG in AU02. Fundamentals of Engineering Honors 248 Students began the FEH Course Sequence. 213 (86%) Students completed the Sequence. 210 (85%) Students returned to ENG in AU02.

29 Enrollment First-Year Engineering Program 1,204 Students began the First-Year Engineering Program. 1,022 (85%) Students completed the Program Sequence. 914 (76%) Students returned to ENG in AU02. Why 76%? Most Students who chose not to continue in Engineering decided to change majors.

30 Space Renovation Summer Seat Computer Classroom Three 36 Seat Computer Classrooms Three Hands-On Labs - each 9 teams of 4 students

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32 New First-Year Engineering Classrooms

33 New Laboratories

34 Measures of Success Enrich students Engineering education experience and help them to connect to the College Engage students in Engineering as a discipline and as a profession Improve retention, or possibility for an early decision Learn valuable new skills for future courses, Co-op and Internships, and on the job, meet ABET Criteria

35 Assessment Measurement Focus Measurement Tool or Method 1. Student PerformanceCourse evaluations, oral presentations, lab reports, written reports, standard testing methods, course grades 2. Instructional MaterialCourse evaluations, observations, team meetings 3. Basic Visualization Skills Purdue Visualization Test, Exams, Homework 4. Student AttitudesPittsburgh Freshman Attitude Survey, Journal Entries, narrative responses on final course evaluation

36 Assessment Measurement Focus Measurement Tool or Method 5. Faculty AttitudesTeam meetings and written evaluations 6. ABET CriteriaCourse evaluations and electronic journals 7. CommunicationFeedback on lab activities, oral presentations 8. Teamwork SkillsTeam evaluations, team building workshops, course evaluations 9. RetentionMonitoring enrollment, COE Annual reports

37 Online Tools used in the First-Year Program Journals Final Course Evaluation TA Evaluations Lab Instructor Evaluations Pittsburgh Freshman Attitudes Survey (pre & post) Peer/Team Evaluations (midterm & final) Purdue Visualization Test (pre & post) Felder Learning Styles Inventory

38 Staffing Program reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services Faculty Coordinator for First-Year Program Program Director & Honors Coordinator Office Associate, Information Associate & Graduate Administrative Associate Two Instructional Laboratory Supervisors Rotating Faculty from all departments, 20+ GTAs, and 45 Peer Mentors from all departments

39 Lessons Learned There is much to be learned from others mistakes and successes A great program at one school probably wont work at another school without changes You have to establish ownership by the College


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