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Characterizing and Modeling the Experience of Transfer Students in Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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7

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24.274.1 - 24.274.7

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https://peer.asee.org/20165

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Matthew W. Ohland Purdue University and Central Queensland University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-1452

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Matthew W. Ohland is Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University and a Professorial Research Fellow at Central Queensland University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research on the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods has been supported by over $12.8 million from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and his team received Best Paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008 and 2011 and from the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011. Dr. Ohland is past Chair of ASEE’s Educational Research and Methods division and a member the Board of Governors of the IEEE Education Society. He was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi.

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Catherine E. Brawner Research Triangle Educational Consultants

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Catherine E. Brawner is President of Research Triangle Educational Consultants. She received her Ph.D.in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from NC State University in 1996. She also has an MBA from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. She specializes in evaluation and research in engineering education, computer science education, teacher education, and technology education. Dr. Brawner is a founding member and former treasurer of Research Triangle Park Evaluators, an American Evaluation Association affiliate organization and is a member of the American Educational Research Association and American Evaluation Association, in addition to ASEE. Dr. Brawner is also an Extension Services Consultant for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) and, in that role, advises computer science departments on diversifying their undergraduate student population. Dr. Brawner previously served as principal evaluator of the NSF-sponsored SUCCEED Coalition. She remains an active researcher with MIDFIELD, studying gender issues, transfers, and matriculation models in engineering.

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Catherine Mobley Clemson University

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Dr. Mobley is a Professor of Sociology at Clemson University. In recent years, her research has focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, sustainability, environmental sociology, and policy and advocacy. Her focus is on identifying the human factors (cultural, social, economic and political) that influence environmental and educational policies. She has more than 15 years experience in developing surveys (traditional and web-based), conducting in-depth interviews, and moderating focus groups. In 2004, Dr. Mobley joined the NSF-funded MIDFIELD interdisciplinary research team which is examining the educational pathways of engineering students at eleven universities. She is currently serving as Co-PI and is co-leading the qualitative component of a project on transfer students in engineering.

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Richard A. Layton Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Russell Andrew Long Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Russell Long is Director of Project Assessment at the Purdue University School of Engineering Education. He has extensive experience in assessment and student services in higher education and has worked for eight years as the Data Steward of the MIDFIELD project.

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Clemencia M. Cosentino Mathematica Policy Research

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Clemencia Cosentino (Ph.D., Sociology, Princeton University), a Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, is the former director of the Program for Evaluation and Equity Research at the Urban Institute. For close to 20 years, her work has focused on evaluating efforts to improve the participation of underrepresented groups in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics studies and employment.

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Margaret D. Sullivan Mathematica Policy Research

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Characterizing and Modeling the Experience of Transfer Students in EngineeringQuantitative analysis of MIDFIELD databaseOur analysis used records for 94,732 undergraduate students from the Multiple-InstitutionDatabase for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD). MIDFIELDcomprises a census of undergraduate students who attended 11 public institutions between 1988and 2008. MIDFIELD institutions represent public universities that educate large numbers ofengineering students.From the 977,950 records available, we restricted our sample to those who (1) were domesticstudents (927,350), (2) were in the data set early enough for us to observe the possibility ofgraduation within six years (677,691), and (3) declared a major in engineering or otherwiseexpressed the intent to study engineering in the fifth semester of their programs (94,732). Fortransfer students, we estimated placement using transfer hours, assuming that 15 credit hoursequals one semester; we also used the fifth semester as the reference point to capture mosttransfer students at the point of matriculation to ensure a valid comparison of transfers to non-transfers. This approach resulted in a sample of 21,542 transfer and 73,190 non-transferengineering students included in this analysis.Semi-structured interviewsCampus representatives at two MIDFIELD institutions sent an invitation to all engineeringstudents who had transferred into the institution in the two semesters preceding the semester ofthe interview. Interested students completed a survey to provide demographic and schedulinginformation. Participants were chosen from six engineering majors - civil, chemical, computer,electrical, industrial, and mechanical - and were diverse with respect to gender and ethnicity.Selected students were interviewed in Fall 2011 and in Spring 2012.We used a semi-structured interview protocol to learn more about student experiences with thetransfer process. Interviews ranged from 19 to 65 minutes in length; the average interview lastedapproximately 37 minutes. Participants were paid $20 upon completion of the interview.Interviews were audio-taped and then transcribed verbatim and verified. We used a constantcomparative coding method, whereby emerging concepts were constantly compared to data thathad already been coded.Review of Institutional PoliciesA review of institutional policies regarding transfer students was conducted. This reviewidentified the following information for each institution:  Onsite personnel at sending institution  Whether the receiving institution delivers distance education classes to sending institution  Whether the receiving institution guarantees admission from some institutions if prospective transfer students meet minimum requirements.  How many 3+2 programs the receiving institution has. These students are from four-year institutions. Students receive a degree from both institutions.  How many 2+2 programs the receiving institution has. These students are generally, but not exclusively, from community or two-year colleges where students are part of a formalPage |1 Wednesday, July 13, 2011 transfer program from the sending to receiving institution. Students may or may not receive an AA degree.  Whether the receiving institution has a “transfer block” – a specific set of courses from community/technical colleges that are guaranteed to transfer.  How many articulation agreement an institution has – agreements between institutions for transfer that do not necessarily include specific courses.  % of engineering students who are transfersPage |2 Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ohland, M. W., & Brawner, C. E., & Mobley, C., & Layton, R. A., & Long, R. A., & Cosentino, C. M., & Sullivan, M. D. (2014, June), Characterizing and Modeling the Experience of Transfer Students in Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20165

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