Office of Student Development and Success

The Office of Student Development and Success (OSDS) helps students develop a passion and sense of pride for their Lee College of Engineering education and chosen profession by becoming self-motivated independent learners and problem solvers.

Beginning in the freshman year, students are engaged in a variety of hands-on learning in and out of class including peer-assisted academic support programs and networking with employers and alumni. These activities are designed to help students grow personally and succeed academically and professionally.

Prospect for Success

OSDS provides oversight for the College of Engineering Prospect for Success (PFS) curriculum. PFS, which is integrated into selected first- and second-semester courses, is designed to help freshmen:

  • Commit to success in their major
  • Identify specific goals and strategies
  • Develop inquiry skills to learn now and transfer knowledge over the long-term
  • Understand self and others in order to practice a profession that literally spans the globe
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OSDS Offers Support Now and Later

The OSDS faculty and staff help students successfully transition into the College of Engineering and ultimately to an exciting and rewarding career. Students become independent learners and problem-solvers by participating in the following OSDS programs:

Support Name Type of Support Support Offered To

COE Freshman Learning Community

Residential learning community, onsite classes and tutoring, out-of-class learning


The Leadership Academy

Leadership training based on corporate modules

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Maximizing Academic and Professional Success (MAPS) Program

Peer transition coaching, Supplemental Instruction, tutoring

All students but particularly new freshmen and transfer students

Professional Development

Internships (49erships), Cooperative Education (Co-op), ENGR 3295, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam prep, Etiquette Dinner, Fall Picnic, Mock Interviews

All years but especially

Juniors, Seniors

Industrial Solutions Laboratory (ISL)

Senior Design Expo, industry networking


Academic Advising Is a Partnership for Success


Freshmen can expect an exciting and challenging first year; one that is much different from high school. OSDS advises all new freshmen. Students meet their advisor during SOAR (orientation) and at least once each semester prior to registering for courses. Students are responsible for following the advice of their advisor and for knowing policies, procedures, and deadlines.

Most OSDS advisors have extensive experience as practicing engineers and engineering leaders. Because of this, they offer special insight into what it takes to be a professional. They also know what it takes to navigate and survive the demanding technical degrees offered by the college.

Most OSDS academic advisors also direct academic support programs, teach the Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 1201) and Introduction to Engineering Technology (ETGR 1201) courses, and mentor industry-supported senior design team projects. Consequently, OSDS academic advisors are uniquely positioned to help each student be successful now and later.

We Develop Leaders

Leadership Academy discussion

Students who earn at least a 3.0 GPA and who participate in curricular and co-curricular activities like Co-operative Education and the College of Engineering Leadership Academy, respectively, are highly recruited by companies such as AREVA, BMW, CB&I, Doosan, Duke Energy, Freightliner, Hendrick Motorsports, Ingersoll-Rand, Jacobs Engineering, and Siemens. Students should plan for these opportunities early in their academic career and should consult with the academic advisor for more information.




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