Milton Randle is the Director of the Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) program of the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Pomona, California. MEP is an academic support program established to increase the number of students, especially underrepresented minority students, who choose computer science and engineering majors and careers. Randle is an expert in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented engineering and computer science students and has twenty four years of experience working in college-based programs managing and empowering student success in these majors and careers. Randle has designed and taught orientation courses to freshmen and transfer engineering and computer science students as well as receiving and facilitating training relative to MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) programs and engineering orientation instruction since 1983. Randle completed his M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration from the University of Vermont and B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College. Randle is the Regional Chair of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA). NAMEPA is the national consortium of MEP program directors. Randle tells everyone he meets and knows to read Thomas Friedman's book, The World Is Flat.
Conducted through the Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) and Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) programs at Cal Poly Pomona, Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) are group study sessions in math and science subjects that are facilitated by group study leaders. AEW promote excellence and facilitate mastery of specific course content through the strategy of group interaction (based on the Uri Treisman model that was highlighted by Dr. Craig Nelson at HSU's 2009 Institute for Learning & Teaching). AEW participants deepen their understanding of content, improve their technical communication skills and build a community of like-minded, conscientious students. Randle's presentation will give an overview of the AEW through interactive and lecture focus.
A follow-up session will be provided for all CNRS faculty and staff who wish to engage in a more in-depth dialogue about the items presented at the plenary session.