ASME is featuring the work of Theo Caldwell and his team in the College of Engineering's Diversity Programs Office (DPO). In an article dated October, 2013, the DPO story of increasing retention rates. Quoting from the ASME article:
"MSU’s efforts started in 2007 with a six-week “bridge” program in the summer for entering freshman, but found it just wasn’t enough. So two years later, the Scholars program was introduced. The program accepts 20 students whose records indicate they wouldn’t normally make it in engineering, typically those who place well below the first calculus level in testing.
“We are taking the high-risk, high-reward route,” says Caldwell. Because of the good results, he hopes to expand the program to 100 students if he can obtain additional funding."
You can read the full ASME article here.