Retaining underrepresented minority freshmen in engineering: A two-credit class

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland, Dana C. Newell

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

9 Scopus citations


In 2003, Arizona State University was one of 13 universities in the nation to receive a NACME block grant to increase the numbers of minority engineering and computer science students. In Fall 2003, 21 underrepresented students, mainly freshmen, were selected for this program in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. The students were supported by a scholarship and attended a two-credit Academic Success Workshop. Additional minority freshmen also attended the class. The students meet for two hours each week. The primary purposes of the Academic Success Workshop are to help with the adjustment to being a university freshmen, to ensure that the students have someone to talk to should any problems arise by becoming acquainted with School staff, to assist in forming a support network for the student, to help teach teamwork, to sharpen presentation skills, and to have an enjoyable experience. This paper discusses the program elements including a video tape series on making good grades, individual and team assignments, and assessment of the class which is done weekly. All of the students were retained to the spring semester. Students reported that the class was enjoyable and helpful in networking, improving presentation skills, and in giving tips on being a good student.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2004
EventASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 23 2004


OtherASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights"
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT


  • Academic success workshop
  • Freshmen retention
  • Scholarship program
  • Underrepresented minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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