June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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ASEE Student Chapter Longevity and ProgrammingSince 1993, approximately 29 ASEE student chapters have been created across the U.S, but only20 of those chapters are currently active. From limited information, it seems even fewer activechapters are making a significant contribution to the student population at their respectiveschools. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to ascertain the level of chapter organizedprogramming and member involvement via a voluntary web survey given specifically to allASEE student chapters and the more general national student member and recent graduatepopulation. This information will be aggregated and analyzed to identify common characteristicsamong student chapter offerings. Additionally, we would like to compare those offerings withsimilar programs available at their respective schools. Common themes of programming includeteaching assistant training, faculty job preparation, and sharing engineering education research.Best practices will be proposed to assist future student chapter leaders in the generation ofprogramming and advertising strategies.Additionally, this study will provide information to aid in identifying the potential member basefor student chapters. Chan et al (2004) have stated that an active member base is vital for thesustainability of student chapters, because of their ability to generate enthusiasm for theorganization and to form a leadership pipeline for future years. Arriving at a similar conclusion,Visco and Cartwright (2001) claimed that the sustainability of ASEE student chapters is anumbers issue: there is critical minimum membership size needed for the group to thrive. Thisstudy will aid student chapters in identifying future members such that a critical membership sizecan be met. Torres-Ayala et al. (2010) sent similar voluntary web surveys to all studentmembers of ASEE in a prior study, but Torres-Ayala et al. focused on the characteristics of thegeneral population and their interaction with the national chapter of ASEE. In addition, given theshort period of time ASEE members spend as students and potential student chapter members,prior studies sampled a different population. Comparing current results to past studies will alsoallow longitudinal trends to emerge.Chan, E. R., Holleran, S. P., & McGaughey, A. J. (2004). ASEE Student Chapters: Avenues for Promoting Future Engineering Educators. In Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.Torres-Ayala, A., Bumblauskas, D. P., & Verleger, M. (2010). ASEE Student Members’ Needs Analysis: Implications for the ASEE Student Constituent Committee. In Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.Visco, D., & Cartwright, A. (2001). A New Model for ASEE Student Chapters. Journal of Engineering Education, 90(4), 641–643.
Reck, R. M., & Rynearson, A. M., & Priddy, M. W. (2015, June), ASEE Student Chapter Longevity and Programming Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23575
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