Why students take so long to get an electrical engineering diploma at the university of El Salvador? Before, in a past post, I showed a graph that describes the failure of our freshman student. In general, High School did not prepare them to college. But how about those who succeeded in Mathematics and Physics, moving ahead with one or two years delay? In a way they have proved to be at the top of student academic achievements. If the two first years of physics and mathematics had filtered more than eighty percent of enrollment why we were not graduating the ones who had had success?
Digging in sparse records, I tried to make a picture of the situation. I knew there was a very high rate of failure in several electrical engineering courses. The result of the failure ended in long time-to-degree and dropouts.
Let's take for instance the course Circuit Analysis which is a two semesters long. During the period 1995-2007, as an average, less than 30% approved the very first course in Circuit Analysis. Looking at the data I felt a terrible shock. What are we doing as professors? Is it our role to show students how smart we are by letting them failed?