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W304·DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Student Development: An Alternative to Sink or SwimDist. Lecture ASEE Board of Directors
Wed. June 26, 2013 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
A309, Georgia World Congress Center
Facilitator : Walt Buchanan or Ray Haynes
Speaker: Raymond B. Landis
"Sink or Swim"—For decades that policy has determined the success or failure of America's first-year engineering students. The general paradigm has been to put up a difficult challenge and "weed out" those students that don't measure up. Fortunately, engineering education in the United States is undergoing a revolution. We are in the process of a shift from the "sink or swim" paradigm to one of "student development." Engineering colleges all across the nation are revising their freshman year curricula with the primary goal of enhancing student success.
The fundamental idea of the talk is that we are often so anxious to make our new engineering students into engineers that we forget to first make them into engineering students. And that because we don't help our students become effective students, they generally perform below potential with many dropping out or changing majors. Basic concepts of "student development," which is defined as facilitating new students’ growth, change, and development in areas that will enhance their success in engineering study, will be outlined. Specific attitudes and behaviors that need to be changed will be delineated and pedagogical approaches for changing those attitudes and behaviors will be presented.
Dr. Raymond B. Landis
California State University, Los Angeles
RAYMOND B. LANDIS is Dean Emeritus of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of engineering student success and a frequent invited speaker on the subject.
Dr. Landis is recognized as the "father" of Minority Engineering Programs (MEPs) in the U.S. His "community building/ collaborative learning" MEP model has been widely replicated at universities all across the nation. His experience in teaching Introduction to Engineering courses, the cornerstone of that model, led him to write his best selling Introduction to Engineering textbook Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career.
He has received many honors and awards for his work, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring, and the first Wang Family Excellence Award as the outstanding administrator in the California State University System. He was cited as one of the top 100 educational leaders of the 20th century by Black Issues in Higher Education.
Dr. Landis received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D degree from UCLA, all in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for five years at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International, was an engineering professor at California State University, Northridge for 18 years, and served as Cal State L.A.'s Dean of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology for 16 years.
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