Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan


This project is commissioned by the Hispanic-American Chamber Institute of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to explore and develop the necessary components of a Virtual Education Community (VEC). The VEC is intended for migrating Puerto Rican students who experience an educational disadvantage due to the disruption of their education. Currently, language barriers, new cultural environments and disparities in curricula threaten the academic well-being of these students, resulting in an elevated high school drop-out rate and a depressed college enrollment rate. The methodology includes interviewing experts in the education fields, as well as researching already existing web education tools and curriculums. This information is used in our recommendations for the set up of a web-based program to establish a cultural and educational base for students who have moved and thus require additional assistance in their education. The expected outcome for the VEC is to mitigate the disruptive effects of migration and to supply educational and career enrichment for these students.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs