Improving success in engineering calculus: Design of a bridge program

Sandra B Nite, G D Allen, James Morgan, Robert M Capraro, Mary M Capraro

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper


Bridge programs to strengthen mathematics skills for students who aspire to be engineers have been instituted at universities for over 20 years. Most of them have faced similar challenges, but at the same time have shown positive results. Generally these programs involved face-to-face instruction,although more recent ones have incorporated mathematics skills software for the purpose of improving test scores for placement into first semester engineering calculus. In addition, some universities have established programs to support students who are struggling during the first semester. Focus of summer programs has been on students whose scores fall below a required cut score for entry into engineering calculus or an engineering program rather than students who have already met the required score. Recruitment and retention in bridge programs has been challenging because very few are mandatory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th annual conference of the Australasian Association for engineering education (AAEE 2014)
Subtitle of host publicationCollaboration, Engagement & Employability
Place of PublicationBarton, ACT
PublisherSchool of Engineering & Advanced Technology, Massey University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780473304287
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE 2014 - Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 08 Dec 201410 Dec 2014 (Conference handbook);isbn=9780473304287;res=IELENG (published papers)


Conference25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleEngineering the Knowledge Economy: Collaboration, Engagement & Employability
CountryNew Zealand
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