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Barriers to Completion of Two-Year Engineering Technology Programs: A Survey

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Reporting Out: Dissemination of Several NSF Projects of Interest to Two-Year Colleges

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Two Year College Division

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26.276.1 - 26.276.9



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Kenan Baltaci University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Kenan Baltaci is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout, in the Electrical Engineering
Technology Department. He received B.S. in electrical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University
in Turkey. Following, a master’s degree and doctoral degree in industrial technology was granted
from University of Northern Iowa.

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Ulan Dakeev University of Michigan, Flint

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Dr. Ulan Dakeev is currently a faculty of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan-Flint. His areas of research include renewable energy (wind energy), quality in higher education, motivation, and engagement of students.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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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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