ERIC Number: ED450627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-15
Gaining Retention and Achievement for Students Program (GRASP): A Faculty Development Program To Increase Student Success.
This study investigated the effects of a faculty development program offered to increase positive interactions between students and faculty and the effects of these interactions on student achievement and retention. The Gaining Retention and Achievement for Students (GRASP) program supports the accreditation process of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology through faculty development. Students enrolled in eight engineering classes completed an interactive learning style instrument to show their preferred learning styles. Observations of selected civil engineering and mechanical engineering classes at New Mexico State University and documentation of student interactions supplemented the learning style information. Data were compiled for 677 students in 8 classes. There was an average increase of 9% in student retention and achievement from the semester before the faculty participated in the program to the current semester. These results were measured through students' final course grades and the number of students failing or withdrawing from the courses. The increases were especially noted for female students. The semester before the interaction project, some courses had a retention/achievement rate for female students as low as 50%. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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