On Track for 2010: COE Profiled in ASEE Prism

The February 2008 edition of ASEE Prism featured an article about colleges of engineering that have made significant changes to their curricula in an effort to recruit a more diverse student body and to retain those students once they decide to major in engineering.

The four profiled universities are Penn State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and... our very own University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Some of the highlights mentioned in Prism's profile of the UW-Madison COE are the expanded tutoring program that is open to freshman and the Introduction to Engineering courses that give freshman students a chance to learn more about the kinds of projects and ideas that engineers work to implement and build across the College.

One of these new introductory courses - "Introduction to Society's Engineering: Grand Challenges" - was developed by Susan Hagness (project PI), Nicola Ferrier, Daniel Klingenberg, Trina McMahon, and Kristyn Masters through a grant from the College of Engineering 2010 Task Force. In this course, currently in its first semester, one hundred freshman students are learning about local and global applications of engineering from climate change to security to transportation.

If you are interested in reading the article, check it out at the ASEE Prism website (if you are an ASEE member), or at the UW-Madison Library page.

Over the course of the next few months, Teaching and Learning Insights hopes to profile several of the 2010 projects that have been active during this academic year. We hope to learn more about what grantees have accomplished and what they have learned - and to share these findings with you!

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