ACE Engineering Program

ACE Engineering

First Year Success Program

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ACE Engineering is a program for freshman engineering majors that equips them with the skills, resources, and peer support to be successful in their first year at Wichita State. This initiative is a new version of the previous Mentor UPP program. Freshmen participants are now selected as members of the ACE Engineering program, and mentors are now referred to as ACE Engineering Coaches. If you are interested in being a coach for the 2018-2019 year, review the information below and apply by May 18.

Up to 50 current students will be selected to become ACE Engineering Coaches, and up to 100 incoming freshmen will be selected for membership. The goal is for each coach to be paired, on average, with two freshmen members. The coach will provide guidance, support, mentoring, and coaching to his/her students throughout the students' first year at Wichita State.

Applications have closed for 2018-2019 coaches.


Membership Benefits

Coaches who successfully meet the coach requirements (outlined below) may be eligible for these benefits:

  • A $100 stipend at the end of each semester for successful completion of all coach requirements for that semester.
  • Opportunity to receive Engineer of 2020 Leadership credit for successful completion of all coach requirements for the full academic year. Please note: To receive 2020 credit, you must get preliminary approval from your major department for this program to count for leadership credit, and you must complete the additional steps required as outlined on the 2020 approval form. Learn more about 2020 here.

All coaches selected for the program will receive these benefits:

  • Leadership training.
  • Great resume-builder.
  • Members-only ACE Engineering program and WSU College of Engineering swag.
  • Access to members-only events and free food.
  • Network and build connections within the college.

Ideal Qualities

  • Sincere desire to help new students transition to Wichita State.
  • Good listener who demonstrates empathy, care, and concern for the well-being of others.
  • Commitment to being an active and engaged resource, support, and mentor for your students.
  • Positive role model - someone who is mature, responsible, ethical, and demonstrates professionalism and integrity.
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates persistence toward achieving goals.
  • Optimistic and realistic - someone who will be open and honest with his/her students, and also displays positivity and optimism.
  • Knowledgeable about College of Engineering and campus-wide resources and willing to be proactive in helping connect students with these resources.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply to be an ACE Engineering Coach, you must:

  • Have completed at least one full year at Wichita State by the start of the Fall 2018 semester.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Be able to meet all program requirements and attend all required meetings/events (listed below).

Coach Requirements

August Kick-Off Events

  • Coach Retreat: Coaches will attend the coach training and orientation retreat on Monday, August 13 from 12:00-5:00pm in the new Partnership 2 building.
  • ACE Engineering Kick-Off Party: Coaches will attend this welcome and kick-off event for all coaches and freshmen on Wednesday, August 29 from 8:00-9:00pm.

Monthly Trainings, Workshops & Meet-Ups

  • Coach Trainings: Coaches must attend and actively participate in all monthly coach trainings. These trainings will focus on the development of leadership skills. Fall 2018 trainings will be September 5, October 3, and November 7 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Spring 2019 dates will be announced in the fall.
  • Success Series: This series of workshops is geared toward the freshmen members and will focus on developing skills and gaining knowledge to help students to be successful in their first year. Coaches will assist with presenting and facilitating these interactive sessions. Fall 2018 workshops will be September 19, October 24, and November 14 from 8:00pm - 9:30pm. Spring 2019 dates will be announced in the fall.
  • Monthly Meet-Ups: Coaches must have a minimum of one additional interaction with each of their students per month.

Ongoing Requirements & Engagement Opportunities

  • Coach Logs: Coaches must submit monthly logs documenting communications and interactions with their students.
  • There will be other events and activities that coaches will be encouraged to attend, but not required. A complete list of required and encouraged events, and other participation expectations, will be reviewed at the retreat in August.

Selection Timeline

  • Submit the application below by Thursday, May 31.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrate potential to be an outstanding coach will be selected for an interview.
  • Interviews will take place in late May/early June and may be conducted in-person, over the phone, or using video conference (such as Skype).
  • Coaches will be selected and notified in mid to late June.