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Work in progress - implementing a freshman mentor program

TitleWork in progress - implementing a freshman mentor program
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsShuman, M., J. Akerlund, D. Heer, and T. S. Fiez
Conference Name2008 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)2008 38th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
PaginationF2H-1 - F2H-2
Date Published10/2008
Conference LocationSaratoga Springs, NY
ISBN Number978-1-4244-1969-2
Keywordselectrical engineering, engineering education, freshman, leadership, mentorship, self efficacy

Creating positive learning communities that engage incoming engineering students with varying degrees of engineering experience poses a challenge to universities with high numbers of enrolled students. Many schools have a general university-wide orientation program for every student. Other universities address only a distinct subset of students in their mentorship programs. Neither solution provides individual technical mentorship to the entire incoming class. In September 2006 a solution was started at OSU which was to implement a mentor program for the entire freshman class. Evaluation tools for the freshman mentor program consist of student retention rate records, a freshman mentor database, and a survey to track growth in our mentoring effectiveness within the student body. Future goals of the program will include: increasing student involvement with academic clubs, implementing novel structures to increase retention.