June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Minorities in Engineering
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A Better Mousetrap: Why Did They Come?An Academic Success and Professional Development Class (ASAP) has been offered for over 10years for engineering and computer science students. Workshops were first held for studentswith scholarships from NSF S-STEM programs, with an emphasis on females andunderrepresented minority students. Later the workshops were changed to a class so thatstudents had the option of receiving one-credit hour. Later all scholarship students were requiredto enroll in the class as a part of their commitment to the scholarship program. The number forthe class was changed from a 200-level to a 300-level, making it more transparent that this classwas for upper division students: non-transfers and transfers in engineering and computer science.Students without scholarships also attended the class due to word-of-mouth on how valuable theclass was, even though the credit does not count on a program of study.A major purpose of the class is to help new upper division transfer students (both urban andrural) adjust from the small, cozy confines of a community college (CC) to a large university.The ASAP class has a large emphasis on the “Guaranteed 4.0 Plan” developed by Donna O.Johnson, research, internships, career planning, and graduate school. For several years, newtransfer students have been sent emails telling them of the scholarships available, as well as theclass to help them in their transition. However, during the last couple of years, suddenly theenrollment in this class which has some 80 scholarships holders has blossomed in attendance.The enrollment for the past several semesters has been 98, 107, 121, 134, and now 175. In Fall2012, over 100 students are new to the class and over 75 of these are transfer students new to theuniversity.A survey was taken of all of the students in the class to help determine the major causes of theenrollment increase. Possible factors for students not required to attend the class include: word-of-mouth at either the CC or the university, more CC students are enrolling earlier and arelearning about services at the university, academic advisors are encouraging new transferstudents to take ASAP which can replace a 101 introduction course, academic advisors aresending students to the class to help improve their grades, there is a $300 scholarship available tomost students at the end of the course if they complete it with all of their assignments, studentswho did not receive the scholarship know that their chances of getting a scholarship the next yearare improved if they attend the class, heard about class at university transfer orientation, emailssent by the transfer center, and students who happened to stop by the transfer center inengineering and computer science. To further help understand the audience, we also asked themwhat they most expected to get out of the class including: information on scholarships,internships, and graduate school; networking; help GPA; ease transfer transition; don’t know, orother factors.The data is also analyzed according to age, gender, and ethnicity. A new type of student ispresent in larger numbers: males over 25 who are now pursuing their first degree in engineering.A characterization of these students is given. The results of this study are analyzed to help guidefuture advertisement of the program.
Anderson-Rowland, M. R. (2013, June), A Better Mousetrap: Why Did They Come? Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19035
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