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Advanced Placement Programs and Engineering Undergraduate First-Year GPA

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

First-Year Programs: Focus on Student Success I

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First-Year Programs

Page Count

8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36655

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https://peer.asee.org/36655

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Hossein Ebrahiminejad Purdue University at West Lafayette

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Hossein Ebrahiminejad is a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He completed his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in Iran. His research interests include student pathways, educational policy, and quantitative research methods.

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David Ray Waller Purdue University at West Lafayette

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David Waller is a PhD student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. His research focuses on understanding engineering student experiences from a complexity paradigm. He is interested in how network-based methods can be used to study complex educational systems and how these methods can inform data-driven decision making. Prior to starting his PhD, David completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering and his Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in Canada.

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Matthew W. Ohland Purdue University at West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-1452

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Matthew W. Ohland is Associate Head and the Dale and Suzi Gallagher of Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research on the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and his team received for the best paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008, 2011, and 2019 and from the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011 and 2015. Dr. Ohland is an ABET Program Evaluator for ASEE. He was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi and is a Fellow of the ASEE, IEEE, and AAAS.

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Hayaam Osman Purdue University at West Lafayette

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Abstract

Over the past years, researchers and educators have focused on preparing high school students to enter and succeed in college. One strategy that has been imposed to fill the gap between high school and college is the Advanced Placement (AP) program which allows high school students to take college-level courses in high school. However, not all high school students have access to these programs. Besides, many students may not choose to get enrolled in these programs. Previous research has reported both positive and negative effects off these programs on students’ academic outcomes. A subset of data from a large Midwest university was used to estimate the average effect of taking AP credits on first Year GPA. To reduce the bias, propensity score methods was used to analyze the data. A doubly robust approach was used to estimate the average effect. The findings show that students who come into engineering with AP credits have a first-year college GPA that is .222 higher, on average, than those who do not come into engineering with AP credits.

Ebrahiminejad, H., & Waller, D. R., & Ohland, M. W., & Osman, H. (2021, July), Advanced Placement Programs and Engineering Undergraduate First-Year GPA Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36655

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