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Benchmarking SUCCESS: How do non-cognitive and affective factors vary among college undergraduates?

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2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting

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California State University, Los Angeles , California

Publication Date

April 4, 2019

Start Date

April 4, 2019

End Date

April 6, 2019

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PSW Section Meeting Papers - Disregard start and end time - for online paper access only

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Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions

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13

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https://peer.asee.org/31814

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James M Widmann California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Jim Widmann is a professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from Stanford University and has served as a Fulbright Scholar at Kathmandu University it Nepal. At Cal Poly, he teaches the College of Engineering's interdisciplinary, industry sponsored, senior project class as well as course in mechanics and design. He also conducts research in the areas of creative design, machine design, fluid power control, and engineering education.

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John Chen P.E. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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John Chen is a professor of mechanical engineering. His interests in engineering education include conceptual learning, conceptual change, student autonomy and motivation, and lifelong learning skills and behaviors.

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Brian P. Self California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Brian Self obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. He worked in the Air Force Research Laboratories before teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy for seven years. Brian has taught in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 2006. During the 2011-2012 academic year he participated in a professor exchange, teaching at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. His engineering education interests include collaborating on the Dynamics Concept Inventory, developing model-eliciting activities in mechanical engineering courses, inquiry-based learning in mechanics, and design projects to help promote adapted physical activities. Other professional interests include aviation physiology and biomechanics.

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Camaryn Elizabeth Chambers California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Alidod Ghazvini

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Lisa Marie Kusakabe

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Abstract

The Studying Underlying Characteristics of Computing and Engineering Student Success (SUCCESS) survey has been distributed at three major universities in the United States to measure how non-cognitive and affective factors influence student success. One goal of this National Science Foundation-sponsored study is to measure these traits and find correlations between the measured constructs and a student’s academic performance over his or her career as an engineering undergraduate. After compiling and analyzing data, we benchmarked engineering and computer science student survey results from a large public undergraduate-focused west coast university (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) for six traits (Self-Control, the Big 5 Personality Traits, Grit, Test Anxiety, Time and Study Environment, and Mindset) with previous studies of undergraduate students, and in some cases with engineering students specifically. We found differences between the studied engineering students and other student populations in Grit, Big 5, and Self-Control. By understanding the similarities and differences between these studies, we hope to find effective ways to help students be successful. Moreover, by using these data, we hope to develop initiatives that will enhance students’ experience in engineering education.

Widmann, J. M., & Chen, J., & Self, B. P., & Chambers, C. E., & Ghazvini, A., & Kusakabe, L. M. (2019, April), Benchmarking SUCCESS: How do non-cognitive and affective factors vary among college undergraduates? Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31814

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