June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.321.1 - 24.321.13
Correlating Course Attendance with Factors of First-Generation Status, Gender, and Economic StatusAbstractA few years ago, members of our Engineering & Design Department began a study to determinethe effects of class attendance on student success. Today’s engineering and technology studentshave grown up in a very different environment from the students of 20 years ago. They accessinformation and engage in social contact through digital media and they often have almostinstant access to this digital media through portable, wireless devices. There is a thought thatwith this greater connectivity they may not respond in the same manner to the teaching methodsof past generations of students. More specifically, the students of today may not feel the sameneed to be physically present in their classes in order to be successful. Initial results presented atthe American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition in2012 determined attendance correlates with student success and the correlation changes duringthe progression of a student throughout their undergraduate experience. Results presented at theASEE 2013 Conference indicated that an instructor’s attendance policy did not significantlyaffect overall attendance rates of students that earned high grades in a course but did affect thestudents that earned lower grades. This current paper discusses if there is a significantrelationship between student attendance and the following three factors: status as a first-generation college attendee, gender, and economic status. Four different instructors havegathered attendance data since 2008 for approximately 20 classes per year ranging fromfreshman to senior students in programs of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical EngineeringTechnology, Manufacturing Technology, Design Technology, Construction Management,Applied Technology, and a service course to the general student body. Additionally, the studyprovides the ability to track an individual student over their entire undergraduate education. Acorrelation between student attendance and the student characteristics of first-generation status,gender, and economic status exists and this paper will discuss this in detail.
Durfee, J. K., & Loendorf, W. R., & Munson, D. M., & Richter, D. C., & Geyer, T., & Weiser, M. W., & Hossain, A., & Saad, H. S. (2014, June), Correlating Course Attendance with Factors of First-Generation Status, Gender, and Economic Status Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20212
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