What is the FC Doing
in this Area?
Since its formation in 1993, the Foundation Coalition has sought
to increase the numbers of women and minorities enrolling and
graduating from our institutions. We have focused on both classroom
pedagogy and curriculum content to accomplish our goal. For example,
it has been shown that pre-college women have a preference for
cooperative learning strategies[3.4],
and the role of pedagogy in retention, especially as it relates
to women and minorities, has been documented.
Foundation Coalition curricula, now in place at each partner institution,
include a major emphasis on cooperative or active learning and
the establishment of formal learning communities. Special design
projects and spatial
have also been incorporated into the curriculum.
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Results such as retention, exemplified below, have been encouraging,
and we are hopeful that the changes we have made will continue
to increase both the number of women and minority students enrolling
in our engineering programs and the number graduating with degrees