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An Advisor's Perspective On The Retention Of Engineering Technology Students

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2004 Annual Conference

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

Page Count

6

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9.158.1 - 9.158.6

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https://peer.asee.org/13584

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Charles Bittle

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Mitty Plummer

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Session 1793

An Advisor’s Perspective On The Retention Of Engineering Technology Students By Charles C. Bittle and Mitty C. Plummer University of North Texas

Abstract This paper describes retention of eight types of students entering Engineering Technology (ETEC) majors. The first type of student is the freshman entering the University straight from high school. The second type is the student from the same University that changes majors. The third type is the high school student taking courses at the University and receiving dual high school credit. The fourth type is the transfer student from another University. The fifth type is the transfer student that actually took courses at a Junior College. The sixth type is the transfer student entering the University straight from high school but received dual Junior College credit for high school courses. The seventh type is the transfer student with military service and courses. The eighth type is the international student. Retention problems are discussed for each type. Advice is given for the retention of each type.

I. Introduction The University of North Texas (UNT) has a Student Information Management System (SIMS) that contains the academic history of over 30,000 active students and thousands of inactive students. SIMS identifies students as follows: 1

a. Entering from a high school. b. Changing majors, c. Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) student, d. Transferring from another University, e. Transferring from a Junior College, f. Transferring with military service courses, g. An international student,

The order of the above list and the categorization of students into specific types below have no specific meaning other than students have to be identified for discussion purposes. It is assumed that other Universities have a student information management system that identifies students in a similar manner.

Advisors use SIMS to study a student’s academic history to develop a degree plan for the student. The advisor can spot an academic problem relating to the student’s retention. This is the time to offer the University’s tutoring services. Instructors use SIMS to study a student’s

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Bittle, C., & Plummer, M. (2004, June), An Advisor's Perspective On The Retention Of Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13584

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