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"First-year engineering (FYE) programs are prevalent nationwide and have proven to be effective in fostering retention of underrepresented students. Before the adoption of FYE programs, universities that were included in one study were experiencing 50 percent to 84 percent attrition rates in the first year (Knight, Carlson, & Sullivan, 2007). However, after instituting a first-year engineering program, the University of Florida, for instance, reported first-to-second-year retention gains of 225 percent for women and 33 percent for minority students. Texas A&M University reported a 22 percent improvement in retention of women, 20 percent among African American students, and 14 percent among Latino students after introducing their FYE program (Knight et al., 2007)."
Excerpted from: Karl Reid, Monique Ross, and Nicole Yates (2016). Paving the Way: Institutional Interventions for Academic Excellence and Success in Engineering.