June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Two Year College Division
26.276.1 - 26.276.9
Barriers to Completion of Two-Year Engineering Technology Programs: A Survey Low student enrollments coupled high global demand for qualified graduates has becomea serious engineering education concern. As the demand for engineering degrees increases,Colleges and university are trying many various programs and activities during high school andcollege to attract more students in engineering, especially woman and minority students to meetthe demand. Unfortunately, 40 to 50 percent of engineering students drop out or switch to othermajors. This fact tells us that keeping students in engineering is as important as having morestudents enroll in engineering degrees. In support of that, cost analysis shows that the recruiting anew student is more expensive than retain an enrolled one. In an effort to understand students better, accurately determine reasons behind lowretention and high dropout, and provide services student truly need, a survey is administered at…………… Community and Technical College. 139 students from 7 different engineeringtechnology programs studied. From those surveyed, 40.75% is 22 years or older, 48.12% is first-generation college students, and 93.53% is full-time students. Besides basic demographics,respondents asks for information on how many hours per week they work, has lack of fundingdelayed or slowed down their progress in getting a college education, do they feel employmentprevents them studying and completing their assignments, their reason for being employed whileattending college, and how concern are they about having the funds available to finance theircollege education. The data is analyzed to provide valuable information for NSF S-STEM scholarship grantapplication. The results are further analyzed to give direction for more effective retention efforts,including advisement about course and workloads.
Baltaci, K., & Dakeev, U., & Yildiz, F. (2015, June), Barriers to Completion of Two-Year Engineering Technology Programs: A Survey Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23615
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