Engineering and Computer Science Scholars Program

Academic Level
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Learning Community,


Learning communities model that integrates interventions for four different support areas for the purpose of promoting academic success of first-time Latino students in the engineering field.

Program Description

Increase retention and academic success of first-year Latino students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Identification of specific interventions, including tutoring, study groups, and service learning opportunities to acclimate first-year Latino students to college life.


California State University-Fullerton and the College of Engineering and Computer Science have a history of providing support services and a welcoming atmosphere to support student success. There is a record of success with Upward Bound, Gear UP, Talent Search, and AmeriCorps/ NSF supported programming to improve retention for first-generation Latino students. 24 students participated during the spring semester. 80% of the participating students were retained. Another 28 students were scheduled to participate in fall 2010.