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A Formal Research Study on Correlating Student Attendance Policies to Student Success

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Student Enrollment, Attendance, Retention, and Graduation in Engineering Technology Programs

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.43.1 - 23.43.12

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https://peer.asee.org/19057

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37

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Donald C. Richter Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Donald C. Richter obtained his B.Sc. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Ohio State University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He holds a Professional Engineer certification and worked as an Engineer and Engineering Manger in industry for 20 years before teaching. His interests include project management, robotics /automation and air pollution dispersion modeling.

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Jason K Durfee Eastern Washington University

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Jason Durfee is an Associate Professor of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He holds a Professional Engineer certification. Prior to teaching at Eastern Washington University, he was a military pilot, an engineering instructor at West Point and an airline pilot. His interests include aerospace, aviation, computational fluid dynamics, professional ethics, and piano technology.

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Doris M Munson Eastern Washington University

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Doris M. Munson is the Systems/Reference Librarian at Eastern Washington University Libraries. She holds a M.L.S. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.S. from Oregon State University, Corvallis.

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Terence Geyer Eastern Washington University

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Terence Geyer is the Director of Distance Education in the Department of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.S. in Manufacturing Technology and M.Ed. in Adult Education in a specially combined program of Technology and Education at Eastern Washington University. His interests include collecting and re-manufacturing older technologies.

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William R Loendorf Eastern Washington University

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Dr. William R. Loendorf is a full professor emeritus of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering Science at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, M.B.A. at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and Ph.D. in Engineering Management at Walden University. He holds a Professional Engineer license and has 30 years of industrial experience as an Engineer or Engineering Manager at General Motors, Cadnetix, and Motorola. His interests include engineering management, technological literacy, improving the competitiveness of American companies, and real-time embedded systems.

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Abstract

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.

Richter, D. C., & Durfee, J. K., & Munson, D. M., & Geyer, T., & Loendorf, W. R. (2013, June), A Formal Research Study on Correlating Student Attendance Policies to Student Success Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19057

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