EDGE 2013 Program – a Redesign Work in Progress

Dan Dimitriu, Jerry O'Connor
2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
This paper presents a very brief description and history of the EDGE (Early Development of General Engineering) Summer Bridge Program that was initiated in 2003 and focuses on the latest iteration of the program. This project was initially supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and more recently by grants from Department of Education. At first the program was intended for well-prepared high school students in the 10 th and 11 th grades who would have participated in the San
more » ... ipated in the San Antonio Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) while in middle school. EDGE was designed to pick up where PREP left off by introducing them to college level course work as a learning community and providing activities to help them develop independent learning and teamwork skills with the goal of increasing their likelihood of earning a college degree in engineering, science, math, or other related field. The original courses offered were Introduction to Engineering and College Algebra. Despite the excellent reviews our program received from students, parents, and teachers, the expected enrollment numbers did not materialize as expected and the following years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 brought changes and new developments designed to adapt the program to the needs of a different student population than it was originally intended for and maintain its attractiveness. Every year the goal was, and still is, to enroll approximately 50 students in two parallel sections.
doi:10.18260/1-2--20337 fatcat:lg2nvsal2nex7o66ahimn4uphq