June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Two Year College Division
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Engineering Transfer Students: Characteristics, Experiences, and Student Outcomes AbstractResearch of students who transfer from community colleges into engineering majors is limited.The National Science Foundation funds millions of dollars to community colleges to build inter-institutional linkages to create seamless transition for women and minorities to pursue STEMmajors.The purpose of this mix-method study is to understand students’ community college academicpreparation and their subsequent academic experiences as transfer students in engineering majorsat a research university in the Midwest. Using data collected from the Transfer Students’Questionnaire (TSQ), this study links survey data to students’ academic transcripts from theOffice of the Registrar. The TSQ instrument measures student demographic characteristics,community college experiences, and four-year experiences. The community college variablesinclude engagement with coursework, faculty interaction, and skill development. The four-yearcomponent measures academic and social engagement, adjustment issues, and level ofsatisfaction. Data from over 150 transfer students comprise the target population.In addition to the quantitative data, a qualitative component will provide in-depth and richdescriptions of student experiences. Specifically, this component of the analysis will illuminatethe experiences of students of how they describe the role of community colleges in preparingthem for the academic rigor and transfer into an engineering major. Findings will also addresshow students describe the factors that facilitate their success as engineering students.The goal of the study is to contribute to the research literature about the relationship betweenstudents’ community college academic preparation and their subsequent experiences at the four-year university. The authors discuss implications for practice, policy and research.
Laanan, F. S., & Jackson, D. L., & Rover, D. T. (2011, June), Engineering Transfer Students: Characteristics, Experiences, and Student Outcomes Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17887
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