The Wright State Model for Engineering Mathematics Education: A Nationwide Adoption, Assessment and Evaluation

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The inability of incoming students to advance past the traditional first-year calculus sequence is a primary cause of attrition in engineering programs across the country. As a result, this paper will describe an NSF funded initiative at Wright State University to redefine the way engineering mathematics is taught, with the goal of increasing student retention, motivation and success in engineering. This paper will provide a brief overview of the WSU model for engineering mathematics education, including its impact on student retention and success. It will also summarize the scope of a 2008 NSF CCLI Phase 3 award, which includes pilot adoption and assessment of the WSU model by a total of 15 institutions across the country.


Presented at the Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Austin, TX, June 14-17, 2009.