June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
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Assessing the GRIT of Incoming Engineering StudentsIn the fall of 2014, the College of Engineering at _____________ University surveyed 1500incoming engineering students with the twelve question GRIT assessment originated by AngelaDuckworth1. The qualities associated with GRIT have been publicized recently in the popularliterature, including the New York Times2. Previous research with other types of populationshave indicated a correlation between measured GRIT and persistence in school-basedachievements. This paper describes the results of this survey correlating measured GRIT withgender, origin (rural, suburban, urban) and ethnicity. GRIT scores are also correlated withvariables used to accept students to the College of Engineering, such as SAT scores and highschool grades. This GRIT survey was administered as the beginning of a longitudinal study tocompare the correlation of GRIT with retention to graduation with the correlation of admissionsvariables to retention to graduation. Admissions variables were originally selected because theypredict retention, the study will examine whether GRIT is more, less or additionally predictive ofstudent success.1 Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance andpassion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101.2 Tough, P. (September 14, 2011). What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? New York Times.
Bottomley, L. (2015, June), Assessing the GRIT of Incoming Engineering Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23588
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