ERIC Number: ED119977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Mentoring of Undergraduates at City College.
Reitz, Edward S.
In an effort to meet the diverse interests of the students and to move away from a rigidly structured curriculum, the Civil Engineering Department at the City College of New York has offered the civil engineering student an elective program that incorporates engineering and science electives as well as liberal arts electives. It was readily apparent that students could not be left to their own devices without being seriously impaired by taking unsatisfactory packages of electives. A pilot program was established by the Civil Engineering Department, with the assistance of the Office of Curriculum Guidance, to establish faculty mentors for all civil engineering students from upper freshmen to upper seniors. A primary objective of this program was to help improve the retention of engineering students. Faculty members were charged with the task of aiding the students in the task of selecting a program for successive terms which would lead to the successful completion of a Bachelor of Engineering program. He explains to the student the procedure for electing liberal arts electives, the restraints on the scope of the student's alternatives and the selection of the alternative civil engineering elective packages. At present, the other departments in the School of Engineering are implementing similar faculty monitoring systems. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, June 16-19, 1975)