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Women in Engineering
In 2016 Georgia State University, a large public urban research university in the southeast U.S., consolidated with Georgia Perimeter College, the state’s largest two-year access institution, creating Georgia’s largest university serving over 58,000 students across six campuses located the Atlanta-metro area. The “new” Georgia State University is among the most diverse in the nation, and annually graduates more African American students than any other higher education institution. The university is comprised of eleven colleges, inclusive of Perimeter College which is now a college within the larger university, and awards associate’s degrees. It is within Perimeter College that students can take the first two years of engineering coursework that can either lead to an A.S. degree or be used for transfer to a four-year engineering degree program. On average there are approximately 900 students enrolled in the engineering pathway, where 28 percent are first-generation, 53 percent are Pell-eligible, and approximately 59 percent are from populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM. While minority engineering student enrollment continues to grow at a steady pace, enrollment among female students has remained flat at 18 percent over the last three years. Consequently, the uniqueness of this work presents ways in which Georgia State University, Perimeter College is working to support its female engineering students. More specifically, the paper presents ways in which the college is proactively working to address issues of access and success through three strategic approaches: 1) the formation of new female-led student clubs aimed at encouraging a growth mindset in engineering; 2) the creation of academic-based collaborative learning spaces which support synergistic activities between faculty and students; and, 3) student engagement in the form of wraparound services based in co-curricular programming. It is through these efforts that the authors hope to further the discourse among engineering educators on how to improve access and the success of female engineering students especially within the first two years of the college experience.
Lester, C., & Reddivari, S., & Ansari, F. (2020, June), Approaches in Addressing Access and Success among Female Engineering Students at the 2-year College Level Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34160
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