June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Electrical and Computer
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Best Practices of a Two Year Study on a Recruiting Program to Boost ECE Undergraduate EnrollmentThis paper discusses an all encompassing approach to increase the number ofstudents in engineering through innovative outreach, recruiting, and retentionprograms. Prior to these programs, our university experienced a similar trend ofreduced enrollment that occurred across the nation in engineering. As a result,our Electrical and Computer (ECE) department investigated the key factors thatinfluence selection of engineering as a career path and initiated a correctiveprogram to reverse this trend. The program involves focusing on the presentthrough retention, the immediate future through recruiting, and the distant futurethrough outreach. The focus of all of these programs is to mobilize the ECEfaculty and student body to present advanced engineering technologies,innovative demonstrations, and hands-on activities at a level that the individualstudent can understand and appreciate.Prior to our innovative program, our enrollment numbers were relativelycorrelated with national trends, as observed from the latest “National Center forEducation Statistics” data. Between the 2003/04 to 2005/06 academic cycles itshowed that the total number of bachelor’s degrees granted rose by 6%, whilethe number of Engineering and Computer Science bachelor’s degrees droppedby 6%. Our ECE department also lost students during this time period. From thefall of 2004 to the fall of 2008 our undergraduate enrollment numbers dropped anaverage of 9% per year. After the first year of implementing the corrective actionprogram in 2008, the numbers rose by 18%. Student surveys and interviews areused to qualitatively assess the program and ECE enrollment numbers are usedas a quantitative assessment. Our full conference paper will share our resultsand successful lessons learned. For example, the final and most important stepof our multi-layer process was to get the ECE student body involved.
Sluss, J. J., & Davis, C. E., & Yeary, M. B. (2011, June), Best Practices of a Two Year Study on a Recruiting Program to Boost ECE Undergraduate Enrollment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17566
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