Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
National data indicate that initial mathematics course placement in college is a strong predictor of persistence to degree in engineering, with students placed in calculus persisting at nearly twice the rate of those placed below calculus. Within South Carolina, approximately 95% of engineering-intending students who initially place below calculus are from in-state. The "Statewide Coalition: Supporting Underrepresented Populations in Precalculus through Organizational Redesign Toward Engineering Diversity (SC:SUPPORTED)," a Design and Development Launch Pilot funded under the National Science Foundation INCLUDES program, is a coalition of secondary districts and post-secondary institutions throughout South Carolina, joining together to address the systemic issue of mathematical preparation for engineering-intending students.
First year results include an analysis of system-wide data to identify prevalent educational pathways within the state, and the mathematical milestones along those pathways taken by engineering-intending students. Using individual data for 21,656 first-year students enrolled in engineering-related fields at public post-secondary institutions in the state, we identified specific pathways with high rates of placement in or above calculus, pathways with balanced rates of placement in/below calculus, pathways with high rates of placement below calculus, and ‘missing’ pathways, defined as those that produce disproportionately few engineering-intending students.
First-year results also include analysis of qualitative data from focus groups conducted at key points along each pathway category to identify factors that do not readily appear in institutional data (e.g., impact of guidance counselor recommendations in selection of last high school math course taken). Broad themes emerging from the focus groups provide additional insight into potential interventions at multiple points along educational pathways. Focus group data also are contributing to the development of a survey to be administered in Year 2 to all post-secondary engineering majors statewide, with the goal of creating structural equation models of the factors influencing major selection and initial college math course placement.
Gallagher, E., & Brown, D. A., & Brown, C., & Frady, K. K., & Marcanikova , M., & Atamturktur, S., & Ihekweazu, S. N., & Matthews, M. A., & Rabb, R. J., & Roberts, R. H., & Solan, I., & Welch, R. W., & Gramopadhye, A. K. (2018, June), Board 46: Statewide Coalition: Supporting Underrepresented Populations in Precalculus through Organizational Redesign Toward Engineering Diversity (SC:SUPPORTED) Results from Year One Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30039
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