MEP Academic Workshops
MEP and the College of Science's Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) conduct a comprehensive workshop program. Workshops are offered in the foundation courses of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Dynamics. Participants, after enrolling in the targeted sections are regularly attending workshops, earn higher grades, have a higher retention rate, and graduate sooner than non-workshop participants. Many participants go on to become facilitators themselves, reinforcing their own knowledge while helping others and earning some money toward their education. More information, including time and location, of these workshops is located at the MEP AEW Site
What and Academic Excellence Workshop is...
- Faculty involvement in the design and execution of a proven educational process with increased emphasis on minority student performance and retention.
- Advanced group-learning techniques for technical subject mastery that incorporate problem sets that expand student capabilities beyond the normal curriculum.
- Ad disciplined learning environment (vs. a teaching environment) in which students demonstrate subject mastery to peers and learn test-taking skills. This work develops student skills in communication about technical issues and the ability to work effectively in groups.
- Workshop leader-initiated processes that reinforce the value of, support the initiation of, and skills necessary for effective student-led study groups
- Close and continuous (weekly or more often) status/progress meetings between the supervising faculty member(s) and the workshop leader(s).
- Success oriented: aimed at high grades and no failing grades.
- A supplemental learning experience that is closely related to a specific technical course. The workshop process includes integrating the course material into subjects that come before and those yet to come.
What and Academic Excellence Workshop is not...
- Remedial learning, teaching.
- An activity independent of the course section in which workshop participants are enrolled
- A course-equivalent.
- A substitute for homework, or for doing homework.
- More lecturing.
- Group tutoring.
- Shadow class.
- Recitation section.