A comprehensive investigation on industry-sponsored design projects' effectiveness at the first-year level: Phase I

Gül E. Okudan, Susan Mohammed, Madara Ogot, Xinli Wu

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This paper presents the preliminary work for developing guidelines to ensure that the industry sponsored projects in first-year courses aid, not hamper retention of students. Specifically, the overall research includes the following steps: (1) investigating the appropriateness of industry projects in a required introduction to engineering design course (∼1,000 students/year), (2) assessing the impact of industry- sponsored projects on first-year students' learning and retention, and (3) promoting an awareness of issues involved in successfully introducing industry projects at the first year. It is expected that the outcomes of this work will result in guidelines widely applicable by other institutions looking into or currently using industry projects at the first year, thereby addressing the recognized national need of increasing retention rates, especially amongst women and minorities. This paper covers a review of potential factors affecting industry-sponsored projects' appropriateness at the first year, and related preliminary data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2049-2062
Number of pages14
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering

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