Wright State class improves engineering graduation rates here, across country


Nationwide, colleges face a challenge: as many as half of the students who aspire to be engineers drop out or switch majors, and leave the country short of the workforce it needs.

Those who give up on engineering often are discouraged by prerequisite math courses, the American Society for Engineering Education found. Wright State University has come up with a solution, and the idea has spread across the country.

Wright State created a single math course taught by engineering faculty that students take before entering classes in their major. The course addresses only the main math topics actually used in core engineering courses and replaces prerequisite calculus classes, so students can take those later in their college career.

The class has more than doubled the graduation rate for engineers who took it at Wright State since it was started in 2004.

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