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A Descriptive Study of Community College Transfers in Engineering and Computer Science in Texas

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2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference

Location

Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 29, 2018

Start Date

April 29, 2018

End Date

May 2, 2018

Conference Session

Undergraduate Track - Technical Session III

Tagged Topics

Diversity and Undergraduate Education

Page Count

10

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https://peer.asee.org/29507

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9

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Roberta Rincon Society of Women Engineers

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Roberta Rincon is the Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), where she oversees the organization's research activities affecting the education and workforce experiences of current and future women in engineering. Prior to joining SWE, Dr. Rincon was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst for The University of Texas System, where she focused on student success research and policies. Dr. Rincon holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Abstract

Community colleges are an increasingly popular route towards a baccalaureate degree, offering open enrollment policies, flexible schedules, and opportunities to address gaps in academic preparation. Unfortunately, research has found that few students successfully transfer to a four-year university to complete their degrees. There is also a lack of disaggregated data on students who begin their engineering or computer science (ECS) studies at a community college with the intention to transfer. This paper focuses on a descriptive study of the transfer success of students from 10 years of first-time-in-college cohorts who declared an ECS major in Texas. Researchers analyzed enrollments, transfers, persistence, and baccalaureate completion rates of students in public two-year and four-year colleges using data from the Texas Education Research Center. The data show that, despite efforts to improve transfer success and increase diversity in STEM, we have not seen significant gains in successful transfer and baccalaureate degree completion among students who begin their ECS studies at a two-year college.

Rincon, R. (2018, April), A Descriptive Study of Community College Transfers in Engineering and Computer Science in Texas Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29507

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