Halliburton, Baylor seek to increase retention and graduation rates among engineering and computer science students

Baylor University's School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) has received a grant from Halliburton to support the development of a pilot program, the Learning Resource Center, which aims to increase retention and graduation rates among undergraduate engineering and computer science students.

"We are thrilled to partner with Halliburton to create a community learning environment that fosters peer mentorship and a passion for engineering and computer science," said Dr. Carolyn Skurla, associate professor of mechanical engineering in ECS. "This will provide students with resources like community study lounges, computer labs, test banks and peer mentors and tutors."

The Learning Resource Center will provide community-building, leadership- training opportunities and tutoring to undergraduate students living outside of a living and learning environment. Halliburton's contribution will fund student tutors and peer mentors to foster a sense of belonging by connecting them to academic resources close to their on-campus living facilities.

"Halliburton is committed to our strategic educational partners and interested in increasing college retention and graduation rates among STEM majors," said Mark McCollum, BBA '80, Halliburton executive vice president and chief integration officer. He is also a Baylor Regent. "We are excited to partner with Baylor on such an important initiative that will position students for a successful transition into the professional world."

In addition to the grant for the Learning Resource Center pilot program, Halliburton provided continued funding for Ladies & Legos, a program that engages women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields to encourage and empower young women in college through active dialogue and community support.