Badiru's Equation of Student Success
Intelligence, Common Sense, and Self-Discipline
About the Book
This book presents a compilation of the author’s techniques used over a 30-year teaching career for mentoring, encouraging, and chastising (when needed) his students to elicit better performance from each student. The techniques often involve a combination of “tender loving care,” when deserved, and stern “hard-nosed” approach (when warranted). The book presents the author’s famous “equation of success,” the dreaded “recipe for an F,” and general guide for time management. The book is purposely designed to be brief and to the point to encourage readers’ read-through. Although the book focuses on university education, the guidance is equally applicable to high school students as well. Badiru’s equation of success is a guide for encouragement and mentorship rather than a book of indictment.
This book presents a personal management approach to student success. The proven techniques of formal project management are recommended as effective approaches to achieving the objectives of student success. The book is deliberately written in an informal list-oriented style to facilitate ease of reference. The book is intended to assist both students and instructors in the pursuit of the activities necessary for satisfactory completion of college education.
The pursuit of college education is an individual matter, buttressed by the support of the family and the academic institution. It is the responsibility of the student to take the appropriate action at the appropriate time.
About the Author
Deji Badiru is professor and head of department of Systems Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He was previously head of Industrial & Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and former professor of industrial engineering and Dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma. He is a registered professional engineer. He is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He holds BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Mathematics, and MS in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. His areas of expertise include mathematical systems modeling, project modeling, analysis, management and control, economic analysis, productivity analysis and improvement. He is the author of several books and technical journal articles. He is a member of several professional societies and honor associations. He has won awards for his teaching, research, and managerial accomplishments.