Congratulations upon your acceptance into the engineering and applied sciences program at Western Michigan University. Traditionally, the first-year of college poses the greatest challenge to students. To improve the success rate of our engineering and applied sciences students we are offering you our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Talent Expansion Program (STEP). WMU is one of the few selected universities to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation to implement this student success program.
As a STEP student you will be placed into a Learning Community led by a faculty who has volunteered to serve throughout the year as your mentor. Your Learning Community will also have an upper-division student assistant who will work along side your faculty member and be your student mentor. Each Learning Community of ~20 students will be placed in a predetermined cluster of 3-to-4 courses, scheduled so the group will have the same class sessions, allowing the Learning Community to learn and work together.
Learning Communities have been shown to increase the success rate of students in the engineering and applied sciences disciplines by helping them successfully make the transition from high school to college and complete their first year of study. The results for 2005-06 show
To assist you even further with a successful transition to college, you will also have the option of living in the Engineering House, located within Bigelow Hall, a co-ed facility with separate male and female floors. The Engineering House includes on-site tutoring, a computer room, and interaction with faculty, creating a community built on commonality and shared experiences.
We hope you will select Western Michigan University to begin an exciting, challenging, and well-paid career in engineering and applied sciences. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about our College and STEP.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Programs and Assessment
WMU STEP Director