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Effectiveness of GRE Workshops to Increase Awareness

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Graduate Recruitment and Retention

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Graduate Studies

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Diversity

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13

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Colby Weishaar University of Arkansas

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Colby Weishaar holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas where he is also currently pursuing a M.S. in Industrial Engineering. His research focuses on risk management and resource allocation in the construction industry. He also has an interest in increasing the participation of students in engineering and other STEM fields.

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Manuel D. Rossetti University of Arkansas

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MANUEL D. ROSSETTI is a Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of simulation modeling, logistics optimization, and inventory analysis applied to manufacturing, distribution, and health-care systems. He serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation and is active in IIE, INFORMS, and ASEE.

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Kim LaScola Needy University of Arkansas

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Kim LaScola Needy is Dean of the Graduate School and International Education at the University of Arkansas. Prior to this appointment she was Department Head and 21st Century Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University. Prior to her academic appointment, she gained industrial experience while working at PPG Industries and The Boeing Company. Her first faculty appointment was at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Needy’s research interests include engineering management, engineering economic analysis, sustainable engineering, and integrated resource management. She is Past President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), holding a Fellow membership status, a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kansas.

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Eric Specking University of Arkansas

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Eric Specking serves as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He directs the engineering recruitment office, most of the College of Engineering’s K-12 outreach programs, and the college's summer programs. Specking is actively involved in the Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management divisions and is the current Chair of the ASEE Diversity Committee. Specking received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is currently working on a PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

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Trevor Joe Dodson University of Arkansas

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Abstract

Excelling on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) can be an important milestone for students who wish to attend graduate school. As part of an NSF-STEM project, two GRE workshops were implemented to inform students about the importance of starting the preparation process earlier in their undergraduate career. The second workshop, occurring the year after the first, included minor modifications based on the feedback from responses from the first workshop. This paper examines the results of the two GRE workshops, and describes (1) the two workshops, (2) the survey used to evaluate the workshops, and (3) the results from the pre and post survey. The results indicated that 89% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they were more prepared to take the GRE after attending the first workshop with an 11% increase in the level of awareness about the GRE from the pre and post survey. There were two major changes between the two workshops: (1) an increase in the advertisement to the students and (2) the Dean of Graduate School presented the opening information. The results from the second workshop indicated a 22% increase in the level of awareness about the GRE from the pre and post survey with 78% of the participants reporting that they agreed or strongly agreed to that they felt more prepared to take the GRE. The attendance from the two workshops was recorded by the number of survey responses collected, which increased from 36 to 51 (42% increase).

Weishaar, C., & Rossetti, M. D., & Needy, K. L., & Specking, E., & Dodson, T. J. (2018, June), Effectiveness of GRE Workshops to Increase Awareness Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30362

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