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Exploring the Relationship Between Matriculation Model and Time to Enrollment in Engineering Graduation Major

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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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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Academic Success and Retention

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Educational Research and Methods

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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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Marisa K. Orr Clemson University Orcid 16x16

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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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The Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD) is used to explore when engineering students matriculate into the engineering majors from which they will graduate and expands the literature by evaluating the impacts of matriculation models. MIDFIELD records are used to determine each student’s graduation major and the semester they first enrolled in that major. We additionally identify the matriculation model that each student matriculated under – a first-year engineering program or direct matriculation. Our results indicate that students who graduate from direct matriculation institutions enroll in their graduation majors 1.02 semesters after matriculation whereas students who graduate from institutions with first-year engineering programs have an average time to enrollment in graduation major of 2.34 semesters after matriculation. However, considering the time that students spend in first-year engineering programs, students at those institutions enroll in their graduation more quickly after their first opportunity than students at direct matriculation institutions.

Martin, B. A., & Orr, M. K. (2021, July), Exploring the Relationship Between Matriculation Model and Time to Enrollment in Engineering Graduation Major Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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