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Empowering Students to be Adaptive Decision Makers: Finalizing a Multi-dimensional Inventory of Decision-Making Competency

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Marisa K. Orr Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5944-5846

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Marisa K. Orr is an Assistant Professor in Engineering and Science Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Her research interests include student persistence and pathways in engineering, gender equity, diversity, and academic policy. Dr. Orr is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award for her research entitled, “Empowering Students to be Adaptive Decision-Makers.”

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Baker A. Martin Clemson University

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Baker Martin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University and teaches in the General Engineering Program as part of the first-year engineering curriculum. His research interests include choice and decision making, especially relating to first-year engineering students’ major selection. He earned his B.S. from Virginia Tech and his M.S. from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, both in chemical engineering.

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Katherine M. Ehlert Clemson University

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Katherine M. Ehlert is currently an engineering lecturer at Clemson University. She earned her PhD in Engineering and Science Education from Clemson University, her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and her MS in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Biomechanics from Cornell University. Prior to her time in academics, Katherine worked as a Biomedical Engineering consultant in Philadelphia, PA. Her research interests include documenting the influence of co-op experiences on academic performance, student understanding of engineering fundamentals and, student pathways to engineering degree completion.

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Haleh Barmaki Brotherton Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3859-8752

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Haleh Barmaki Brotherton is a graduate student in the Department of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University. Her research interests include perfectionism, self-regulation, and decision-making. She earned her BS and MS from Middle East Technical University and Istanbul Technical University in Industrial Design respectively. She earned her second MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

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Jessica Allison Manning Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3506-9983

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Jessica Manning is a graduate student in the Department of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University. She is also a Graduate Administrative Assistant for the Bioengineering Department and assists with advising students throughout their academic careers. Her primary research focuses on women and minorities in multiple engineering disciplines. She earned her BS from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and her MS from Clemson University, Clemson, both in Mechanical Engineering.

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Abstract

The main objective of this project is to help students learn to make decisions that lead to academic success. Our first goal is to map curriculum pathways, which begins by studying overpersistence (when a student persists in a particular major but does not make timely progress toward a degree). We seek to identify curriculum-specific indicators of overpersistence and corresponding alternative paths that could lead to success. Our second goal is to improve the structure of the Decision-Making Competency Inventory (DMCI) so that it can explain student's decision-making competency in more detail and in congruence with the Self-Regulation Model of Decision-Making. This instrument will be used to map decision-making competency to academic choices and outcomes. The third goal is to develop an Academic Dashboard as a means for sharing relevant research results with students. This will allow students to have access to the strategies, information, and stories needed to make and implement adaptive decisions. This paper highlights our progress in the fifth year of the project and our plans going forward.

Orr, M. K., & Martin, B. A., & Ehlert, K. M., & Brotherton, H. B., & Manning, J. A. (2021, July), Empowering Students to be Adaptive Decision Makers: Finalizing a Multi-dimensional Inventory of Decision-Making Competency Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37028

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