Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
Our University has seen rapid growth in the last 10 years; however, student income levels have not improved, and our university is considered a low-income serving institution. Therefore, many of our College of Engineering (COE) students have to work extra hours off-campus to meet financial needs and have limited opportunities to participate in on-campus activities focusing on their major. To address the problem, an interdisciplinary faculty team was created from mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering created a Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Retention and Success (SPURS).
The SPURS program, established Spring 2016, consists of an integrated approach to increase the number and graduation rate of undergraduate students who enroll in the College of Engineering. As financial constraints are a major disincentive for students to enroll and persist in higher education, this project combines scholarships with other forms of academic and professional support to ensure student persistence and completion of a B.S. Engineering degree. Providing resources and educational opportunities for undergraduate engineering students will help them attain their Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering in a timely manner and encourage students to pursue graduate degrees in sciences and engineering along with increasing and diversifying the technical workforce in our region. The overall objective of the program is being accomplished by creating an Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship Program; creating a workshop series on Critical Thinking, Professional Development, and Research; and providing students with optional opportunities in research, internships, or K-12 STEM outreach programs. This paper discusses the mentoring provided, the workshop series developed, student performance, lessons learned and insights gained, which is transferable to other universities.
Shipley, H., & Bizios, R., & Castillo, K. (2018, June), Board 135: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support Undergraduate Students and Improve Retention and Success Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29929
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