June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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A Formal Research Study on Correlating Student Attendance Policies to Student SuccessAbstractThree years ago members of our Engineering & Design department began a study to determinethe effects of class attendance on student success. Today’s engineering technology students havegrown up in a very different environment from the students of 20 years ago. They accessinformation and engage in social contact through digital media and they often have almostinstant access to this digital media through portable, wireless devices. There is a thought thatwith this greater connectivity they may not respond in the same manner to the teaching methodsof past generations of students. More specifically, the students of today may not feel the sameneed to be physically present in their classes in order to be successful. Initial results presented atASEE in 2012 determined that attendance correlates with student success and the correlationchanges during the progression of a student throughout their undergraduate experience. Thispaper discusses if there is a significant relationship between student success and different facultyapproaches to attendance including incentives for attendance, penalties for lack of attendance, orno requirement at all. The study involves students in programs of Mechanical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Construction Management,and a service course to the general student body. Data comes from four different instructorsteaching approximately 20 classes per year ranging from freshman to senior students.Additionally, the study provides the ability to track an individual student over their entireundergraduate education. The correlation between the faculty approach to attendance and successwill discuss this paper in detail.
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