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The Women in Applied Science and Engineering Summer Bridge Program: easing the transition for first-time female engineering students

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4 Author(s)
Fletcher, S.L. ; Women in Appl. Sci. & Eng. Program, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ, USA ; Newell, D.C. ; Anderson-Rowland, M.R. ; Newton, L.D.

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 is presented as well as retention data for 1998 and 1999 program participants. In addition, the paper discusses the need for and impact of bridge programs specifically geared toward female students. Further, the paper investigates 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 are explored

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 2001. 31st Annual  (Volume:3 )

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2001