Special Populations Collaborative

Effective Practices for Nontraditional Students


National Resource: Spatial Reasoning Skills Course, Michigan Technological University

National Resource: Everyday Examples in Engineering (E3s)
The Engage Project, Engaging Students in Engineering

Based on research that shows many females fall behind males in terms of spatial reasoning skills, the Michigan Technological University implemented an introductory spatial skills course. More than 75% of women who took the introductory course were retained in the engineering program, compared to 48% of the women who didn’t take the course.

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