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A Strategic Plan to Improve Engineering Student Success: Development, Implementation, and Outcomes

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

First-year Programs Division: Retention

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First-Year Programs

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

21

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https://peer.asee.org/29724

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Jerome P. Lavelle North Carolina State University

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Jerome P. Lavelle is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of engineering economic analysis, decision analysis, project management, leadership, engineering management and engineering education.

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Matthew T. Stimpson North Carolina State University

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Matthew Stimpson is the Director of Assessment in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at NC State University.

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Abstract

In the College of Engineering at Large State University*, measures of student success such as retention, matriculation, and graduation rates had remained largely unchanged for decades. As a result, the college developed a structured strategic plan to identify means to improve these metrics. A benchmark study identified some best-practice student success processes had not been fully adopted in the college. Improved and new processes and programs were identified and subsequently developed and implemented—aimed at both first-time fulltime and external transfer students. Implemented were success-oriented policies and programs aimed at the structural mechanics of how students are admitted and move through the first-year program into degree seeking programs, as well as a set of new and improved student support programs designed to support and amplify the effects of the structural changes.

In this paper, we use a case study approach to detail the process used to identify the missing best-practice student success components, how we developed and integrated each process into the college experience, and discuss the success of the process as it relates to improvements in retention, matriculation, and graduation rates. We discuss the development and deployment of a K-12 outreach and recruiting programs, revised admissions processes, first-year courses (design courses, student recovery course), an intrusive advising model, residence hall engineering first-year interest group, engineering success GPA, departmental capacity seating model, and guarantee seating model. This paper should be a great value to individuals interested in understanding the link between student success strategies and outcomes, such as retention, matriculation, and graduation rates.

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Lavelle, J. P., & Stimpson, M. T. (2018, June), A Strategic Plan to Improve Engineering Student Success: Development, Implementation, and Outcomes Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29724

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