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Board # 69 : Main Campus and Remote Campus Engineering Technology Students: How Are They Different?

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Engineering Technology Division Poster Session

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Engineering Technology

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Anne M. Lucietto Purdue University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance and attributes of engineering technology students and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies.

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Sarah E. Leach P.E. Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Sarah E. Leach is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Technology, Purdue Statewide, in South Bend, Indiana. She is a Purdue Polytechnic Faculty fellow ( and teaches courses in materials, manufacturing, and applied mechanics. A Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana, she has more than 15 years of industrial experience as well as a B.E. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Purdue University.

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Engineering Technology students are underrepresented as compared to other STEM majors. In particular, they are a very small, often neglected population of which little is known to those outside their field of study. One large Midwestern University is studying their engineering technology student population to further understand how best to serve these students. The intent is to improve student services, learning opportunities, and environments with a goal of improving student skills and knowledge. The ultimate objective is to send them into the workplace more fully prepared for the challenges they will encounter. Due to the limited amount of rigorous research in engineering technology education, this data will help inform and encourage future work in this area.

Data for slightly over 13,500 students has been obtained and examined. Descriptive statistics are used to analyze the demographics of both the students on the central campus and on remote campuses throughout the state. This comparison will guide further research at other institutions and local program development. It is anticipated that results derived from this analysis will provide more support for those that believe engineering technology students and engineering students are demographically very different and engineering technology students at the main campus vs. remote campuses exhibit additional differences.

Descriptive statistics are used to summarize demographic data and to evaluate the differences of students through retention and degree completion data. This analysis will provide the administration and engineering technology education practitioners with information to aide in recruitment and development of a learning environment well suited to the students.

Lucietto, A. M., & Leach, S. E. (2017, June), Board # 69 : Main Campus and Remote Campus Engineering Technology Students: How Are They Different? Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27905

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