When compared to equivalent students in traditional engineering
programs, after one year, students in the new curiculum perform
better on standardized tests.
Freshman Performance at Texas A&M Performance On Standardized Tests
Data compares percentage gain from pre- to post-tests for students
in the Foundation Coalition curriculum relative to a matched comparison
group of students in traditional first-year curricula. After one
year, students in the FC curriculum show a larger percentage gain
on four standardized tests. The Force Concept Inventory and Mechanics
Baseline Test measure understanding of mechanics and were developed
by Halloun and Hestenes at Arizona State University. Vic Willson,
Texas A&M University, developed the Calculus Concept Test.