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Characteristics of Community College Transfer Students that Successfully Matriculate and Graduate in Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Two Year-to-Four Year Transfer Topics Part I

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Two Year College Division

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22.319.1 - 22.319.12



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Steven K. Mickelson Iowa State University

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Steven Mickelson is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, and the Co-director o Learning Communities at Iowa State University.

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Marcia R. Laugerman Iowa State University

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Marcia Laugerman is a researcher for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and a licensed professional industrial engineer. She has twenty years of faculty experience teaching engineering, business and statistics courses and is a current Ph.D. candidate.

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Title: Community College Pathways to Engineering CareersIn 2007 the College of Engineering (CoE) at Institution Name in collaboration with CommunityCollege Institution Name received a five-year National Science Foundation grant titled StudentEnrollment and Engagement through Connections (SEEC). The purpose of this grant is toincrease the number of students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering at InstitutionName and to increase the number of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering andMath) areas of study at Community College Institution Name through programming thataddresses retention, recruitment, and persistence issues. Each semester, the Engineering CareerServices office tracks placement statistics for students in internships/co-op/summer programs aswell as information for graduating students. This paper focuses on graduation and internship/co-op/summer programs placement data for engineers who started their academic programs atCommunity Colleges (CC) in State Name, but then transferred to the CoE at Institution Name tocomplete their engineering degree compared to those students who did not attend a CC on theirpathway to an engineering degree at Institution Name.This study comparison is beneficial in the following ways: It tracks persistence of CC transfer students by career placement data following graduation It identifies which engineering degree programs are effective in attracting, maintaining and graduating CC transfer students in the CoE It develops a standard report concerning the state of transfer students that enter the CoE from any of the State Name’s CCs for continuous improvement. It enables administrations at State Name CC and Institution Name’s CoE to make wise decisions related to transfer programming. It ultimately helps to develop programming that can increase the number of CC transfer students who graduate from the CoE at Institution Name.This paper examines the following differences between CC students with those who did notattend a Community College on their pathway to an engineering degree. Are there differences for Coop/Intern/Summer work experiences? Are there differences in starting salaries and bonuses? Are there differences in the percent of students employed at graduation? Are there differences in at graduation grade point averages? Are there differences in the percent of students who go to graduate/professional school?This data is also segregated by gender, minority status and degree granting department.This paper will present the background, methods, and results of this study. It will also makesuggestions for programmatic changes based on the evaluation of the results.

Mickelson, S. K., & Laugerman, M. R. (2011, June), Characteristics of Community College Transfer Students that Successfully Matriculate and Graduate in Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17600

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