New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Viewpoints, Perspectives, and Creativity in Civil Engineering Education
What do civil engineering students think about the undergraduate program, both in and out of class, and the job prospects ahead? Some 161 students at Mississippi State University, freshmen to seniors, recently provided candid responses to a survey that asked them about teaching, learning, and careers.
It was discovered that some 63% of the respondents are guardians, which is one of the four temperament types according to the Keirsey test, which students were asked take before this survey. Only 40% of the general population are considered guardians.
Some 54% of students said they joined a professional society like ASCE, and 20% of those active in ASCE were members of the concrete canoe or steel bridge teams.
Surprisingly few students said high grades were more important than communication and interpersonal skills and previous work experience when it comes to the job search and early job success.
Some 65% of respondents said a master’s degree would help advance their careers, while 58% plan to pursue a master’s degree at some point.
The objective of this preliminary study was to improve students’ experiences and outcomes. The information collected here is likely applicable elsewhere.
Freyne, S. F., & Gude, V. G., & Truax, D. D. (2016, June), Civil Engineering Students' Viewpoints on Teaching, Learning, and Careers Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26497
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