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Increased Retention and Graduation Rates of Engineering Students

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Developing Young Minds in Engineering: Part I

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Minorities in Engineering

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25.764.1 - 25.764.11



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Annita Alting City College of the City University of New York

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Annita Alting is Director of Academic Effectiveness & IR at the City College of New York in the Grove School of Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Eindhoven on a research study into improving the participation of female high school students in physics. She holds a master's degree in physics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She taught physics and mathematics in Dutch secondary schools and colleges and mathematics as an Adjunct at Pace University. She performed curriculum evaluation and academic and educational advising at Delft University of Technology and large scale educational research at Twente University. Before coming to City College, she was a Research Associate in IBM research, performing organizational and usability studies.

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Joseph Barba City College of the City University of New York

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Margaret Krudysz City College of the City University of New York


Ardie D. Walser City College of the City University of New York

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Ardie D. Walser is a professor of electrical engineering and the Associate Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York of the City University of New York. Walser is a former Division Chair of the Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND) of the American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE). He has collaborated in the creation and implementation of numerous faculty development workshops that have been held throughout the country. Walser has given many workshops and lecture demonstrations at grades schools, high schools, universities, and community centers, introducing young people to engineering and science.

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Increased Retention and Graduation Rates of Engineering StudentsAbstractThe retention and ultimate graduation of engineering students, especially those fromunderrepresented groups, is a challenge that must be met if the United States is to remaincompetitive in a technology driven world. Engineering schools must improve the chancesfor graduation of entering freshmen. With fewer opportunities for scholarships and grantsand diminished college savings, caused in part by the economic down turn, students aremore vulnerable to dropping out of college. Colleges that once offered add on programsdesigned to improve the retention of students are no longer able to do so because oflimited funds due to the poor economic climate. To increase the retention and graduationrates of engineering students colleges are going to have to do it with little or no additionalfinancial resources. We wish to demonstrate how significant improvement in the retention ofengineering students was achieved by modifying the fundamental interaction betweenstudent and school personnel and through changes in school policies, practices andprocedures.

Alting, A., & Barba, J., & Krudysz, M., & Walser, A. D. (2012, June), Increased Retention and Graduation Rates of Engineering Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21521

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