San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.50.1 - 25.50.10
A Formal Research Study on Correlating Student Attendance to Student SuccessAbstractA few 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 teachingmethods of past generations of students. More specifically, the students of today may not feel thesame need to be physically present in their classes in order to be successful. This paperdiscusses the first results of a study that allows the members of the Engineering & Designdepartment to determine if there is a significant relationship between student success andstudent attendance. Questions posed by this study include whether attendance has a correlationwith student success and, if so, does this correlation change during the progression of astudent throughout their undergraduate experience. The study will involve students in programsof Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer EngineeringTechnology, Manufacturing Technology, Construction Management, and a service course to thegeneral student body. Data comes from four different instructors teaching approximately 20classes per year ranging from freshman to senior students. Data also includes different facultyapproaches to attendance including incentives for attendance, penalties for lack of attendance,or no requirement at all. Additionally, the study provides the ability to track an individualstudent over their entire undergraduate education. A correlation between attendance and successexists and this paper will discuss this in detail.
Durfee, J. K., & Loendorf, W. R., & Richter, D. C., & Geyer, T. L. D., & Munson, D. M. (2012, June), A Formal Research Study on Correlating Student Attendance to Student Success Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20810
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