Group Outcomes

The Office of Engineering Retention has supported the academic and career success of engineering students for many years. Semester weekly group meetings have been found to be the key in the academic success of our students. You are encouraged to attend a group meeting during the first week of classes and learn more about how they work and their effectiveness. Please bring any questions you may have about these academic group sessions to that first group meeting. Please see program outcomes, and statistics below. Student testimonials are on the next page.

Academic and Career Enhancement Group (ACE) – Small group weekly meetings during the semester to discuss current challenges and successes with courses, study skills, time management, grit and growth mindset, managing distractions, academic motivation and test preparation.

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Average Group Participants Term GPA Jumps


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Anita Persaud, DEd
Director of Retention

Year in School: Graduated
Major: Industrial Engineering

“ I started group with a 1.1 Term GPA. Three semesters later, I have made honors (>3.25) twice (3 times after this semester) and I am graduating with my dream job lined up. None of this would be possible without Anita reaching out to me and my continued attendance in the group. Attend, listen, and apply what you learn, it can change your life.”

Year in School: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering

“ This group made me realize that I was not alone and that there were people at Pitt who genuinely cared about my success. I would recommend this group to anyone who is willing to make a change in their habits and their academic career. This group will help you find study plans and habits best suited for you and teach you to deal with bumps in the road such as anxiety and lack of motivation. In the end it all comes down to how bad you want to see a change in yourself because nobody is going to force you to make these changes other than yourself.”

Year in School: Senior
Major: Bioengineering

“ This class has taught me skills I couldn’t find anywhere else that have enabled me to recover my GPA after a bad semester and have fostered future success for me. Friday groups were highly valuable to me! I learned how to improve my studying, sleeping, test-taking, and time management. I finished my semester significantly better off than I started and met some great people as well.”

Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

“ Group is an excellent tool to get on track academically or stay on a path to academic success. It holds yourself accountable for the bad habits you might have developed and provides good information on habits that are healthy and lead to success. It also provides a sense of community and support from individuals in similar circumstances.”