New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Minorities in Engineering
Engineering colleges and universities have taken up the call to action to broaden participation in engineering with efforts such as summer bridge programs, minority and women engineering programs, and other initiatives that have proven to increase retention and graduation rates. These are typically universities that have the financial resources to leverage costly interventions. However, many other universities struggle to broaden underrepresented minority (URM) participation, especially in the absence of dedicated financial resources. At one small, Midwestern, private university, the only such intervention is the presence of a NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) chapter; since its inception in the Spring of 2005, the chapter has been supported by a faculty member who acts as an unpaid advisor, and by the students who become active members. In the past five years, this chapter reports an 82% graduation and/or persistence rate. This research study explores the impact of one NSBE chapter on URM persistence and graduation. This mixed-methods approach to understanding the impact of NSBE on the persistence of URM students at a small university with limited resource uses descriptive statistical analysis to understand the numerical implications, while qualitative data in the form of interviews with five NSBE alumni and senior students, provides a rich description of the impact NSBE had on the success of these students. This study describes one university’s attempt to retain and persist its URM STEM students in the absence of financial resources for formal programming and scholarships.
Ross, M. S., & McGrade, S. (2016, June), An Exploration into the Impacts of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on Student Persistence Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27280
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