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Enabling Successful Transitions From 2 Year Colleges To A 4 Year Electrical Engineering Program

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Retention Strategies in Action Part II

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Two Year College Division

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15.460.1 - 15.460.8



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Elaine Scott Seattle Pacific University

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Hannah Azevedo Seattle Pacific University

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Enabling Successful Transitions from 2-Year Colleges to a 4-Year Electrical Engineering Program


The goal of our scholarship program, Engaging the Community to Achieve Success in Engineering (ECASE), is to encourage and enable academically talented, but financially needy students from local community colleges to enter the workforce or continue in graduate studies following completion of a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering at Seattle Pacific University. This paper focuses on our specific objective to maintain retention rates significantly above national averages. To achieve this, we have recognized the students’ academic, social, as well as financial needs, and the importance of building a sense of community among the students, not only with the university, but with the profession as well. Thus, we have developed a number of programs and activities designed to address these issues. These programs are focused on building connections with the faculty (through faculty mentors), their peers (through social functions and the ECASE study hall), and the profession (through industrial mentors). Thus far, in the second year of the program, all of the scholarship recipients have continued to progress satisfactorily towards completion of their electrical engineering degrees.

Scott, E., & Azevedo, H. (2010, June), Enabling Successful Transitions From 2 Year Colleges To A 4 Year Electrical Engineering Program Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16554

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