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Eoe First Year Interest Groups: A Success Model For Increasing Retention

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Conference

2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

MIND - Poster Session

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

12.686.1 - 12.686.11

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https://peer.asee.org/2986

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Andrea Ogilvie University of Texas-Austin

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ANDREA OGILVIE is the Director of the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program at UT Austin. She came to UT as Director in July 2001 after six years in industry where she worked as a Structural Engineer for KBR and HDR Engineering, Inc. designing petrochemical and commercial structures, respectively. Andrea received her BS Civil Engineering degree from UT in May 1995 and her Texas Professional Engineering License in February 2001. She is an active member of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Session 2856

EOE First Year Interest Groups: A Success Model for Increasing Retention

Abstract Paper Overview This paper provides an overview of First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) offered by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program at The University of Texas at Austin. EOE FIGs serve as our most effective retention program for minority engineering students. Research on the academic development of minority engineering students and participant demographics will be shared. In addition, this paper outlines the curriculum content for weekly FIG seminars and defines marketing strategies used to engage minority engineering students.

Background First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) were created at The University of Texas at Austin in 1998 to help students make the transition from being a high school learner to a university learner. The Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program hosted two EOE FIGs in Fall 2000 and then doubled the number offered in Fall 2003. Currently, the EOE Program offers four major specific EOE FIGs designed to increase the retention rate of first year minority students in the College of Engineering at UT Austin. Offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, EOE’s FIG initiative is a 28 week retention focused cohort program. EOE FIGs assist students with building a support network that includes peers, upper division students, faculty, and professional engineers. Each FIG consists of: (1) 20 to 26 first year engineering students; (2) two FIG Peer Leaders - upper division minority engineering students; (3) one FIG Academic Tutor – upper division minority engineering student; (4) one FIG Facilitator - staff member from the EOE Program. The participants in each FIG cohort share a common class schedule that includes three to four basic sequence courses in the engineering degree plan. One of these courses is a small, one-hour weekly seminar where students can get to know each other. Led by Peer Leaders, Academic Tutors, and EOE staff members, the FIG seminar is designed to help students improve study skills and develop strategies for academic success.

Since Fall 2003, 282 first year students have enrolled in FIGs hosted by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program. EOE FIGs serve as our most effective retention program for minority engineering students. Currently, 93 percent of EOE FIG students are still enrolled in the College of Engineering. The retention rate after one year for EOE FIG students is 97 percent, 20 points above the college average. The retention rate after two years for EOE FIG students is 89 percent, 28 points above the college average.

Organization Background The College of Engineering established the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program in 1970 to promote the recruitment, retention and academic development of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students interested in pursuing careers in engineering. Since that time, EOE has expanded its goals and now seeks to increase the diversity of its student body by supporting students who come from historically underrepresented population groups in Texas or

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Ogilvie, A. (2007, June), Eoe First Year Interest Groups: A Success Model For Increasing Retention Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2986

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