Faculty Advisor

Goulet, John A.


Failure in first year courses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a concern as it occurs at a relatively high rate of 6.5% and impedes academic progress immediately. This project investigated the 11.4% failure rate in the introductory chemistry course CH1010. By researching chemistry instruction in high schools, the background WPI freshman start college with was evaluated. The impact of the use of academic resources was also examined. It was found that students who feel that they were more adequately prepared from high school fared better in CH1010, and that resources such as math and science help sessions were under utilized.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences