First year comparative evaluation of the Texas A&M freshman integrated engineering program
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The NSF-sponsored Foundation Coalition (FC) project at Texas A&M University was designed to integrate five courses taken by most freshman engineering students. These courses include physics, engineering design, calculus, English, and chemistry. This project focuses not only on cooperative integration but also cooperative learning, teaming, technology applied to learning, and active learning. One hundred students who were calculus-ready were invited on a first-come, first-served basis to participate. All women and minorities who applied were accepted, and others were accepted on a waiting list in order of application. The FC student achievement in physics and calculus and attitudes toward Coalition engineering goals were assessed both fall and spring. Separate comparison groups were selected fall and spring. This paper reports the results of the first year process and product evaluation of the project.
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Willson, V. L., Monogue, T., & Malave, C.