The women in applied science and engineering summer bridge program: Easing the transition for first-time female engineering students

S. L. Fletcher, D. C. Newell, M. R. Anderson-Rowland, L. D. Newton

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8 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Women in Applied Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Bridge Program is designed to prepare incoming female students for the transition from high school to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Arizona State University (ASU). This program offers academic reviews in courses such as mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Computer-programming tutorials are also offered in Excel and HTML to better prepare students for their freshman introductory engineering course. Participants acclimate to the campus by receiving general information concerning the university, financial aid, and departmental advising. Students attending the program become familiar with the campus, have a head start on their freshman engineering classes, and have a chance to meet other female students. An overview of the WISE Summer Bridge Program will be presented as well as retention data for 1998 and 1999 program participants. In addition, the paper will discuss the need for and impact of bridge programs specifically geared toward female students. Further, the paper will investigate other life circumstances, such as level of involvement in student activities, living situation, and employment that impact retention of these students. Finally, future projections of implementation and direction of student retention programs will be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
Volume3
StatePublished - 2001
Event31st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference- Impact on Engineering and Science Education- - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2001Oct 13 2001

Other

Other31st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference- Impact on Engineering and Science Education-
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period10/10/0110/13/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Fletcher, S. L., Newell, D. C., Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Newton, L. D. (2001). The women in applied science and engineering summer bridge program: Easing the transition for first-time female engineering students. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference (Vol. 3)