Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
NSF Grantees Poster Session
From fall 2012 through spring 2017, students at the University of New Haven have received S-STEM support from A Scholarship Program to Increase Retention in Engineering (ASPIRE): Improving Work-Study-Life Balance. The goal of the program was to increase retention of sophomore and junior engineering students who show academic promise but are at risk of not completing their studies due to financial concerns and/or life-work-study balance issues. In addition to financial support, ASPIRE provided scholarship recipients with opportunities to participate in activities that contribute to persistence such as tutoring, faculty mentoring, conferences, presentations and career planning workshops. Sixty-one students have been awarded scholarships in this five-year period.
This paper examines the effectiveness of ASPIRE to help students alleviate financial concerns and better manage their life-work-study balance for the five cohorts that have been supported by this NSF S-STEM program. Student demographics are summarized along with graduation rates. A description of the support activities is provided and their contribution to retaining students in engineering is discussed. The value of the financial support and ASPIRE related activities is assessed using a survey and student reflections. The paper concludes with lessons learned through implementation of this program.
Nocito-Gobel, J., & Carnasciali, M., & Martinez, C. (2018, June), Board 96: Effectiveness of A Scholarship Program to Increase Retention in Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30146
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