Document Type


Publication Date

April 2018

Publication Title

CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Engineering Education | Higher Education


Project Succeed is a campus-wide initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its focus is to improve the 5-year graduation and retention rates and close the achievement gap for Under-Represented Minorities (URMs) across all majors at San José State University (SJSU). In addition, SJSU has a high percent of first generation students. We have several thrusts under this project: block scheduling, Faculty/Staff Mentor program, expanding Peer Educators, developing a First Year Experience Program, and developing more student living learning communities. This project is in its fourth year and we have analyzed each project effort with respect to its impact on the retention of freshmen and sophomore students. In this paper, we will analyze the overall results of our efforts as well as describe the retention rates of URM students in our project. We will compare the retention of students participating in block scheduling with students not active in our project to see if there are differences in retention and academic performance for engineering majors.


© 2018 American Society for Engineering Education. This article originally appeared in the proceedings of the 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, and can also be found online at this link.