Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The university is experiencing a doubling of engineering enrollments over the last five years after many years of flat enrollments. The school has a unique mission that pulls in students from across the nation, so long-term pipeline development is outside the scope of this paper. However, once a student has made contact and a commitment to attend, there are a number of activities and processes employed both before they arrive and during their first year to maintain the pipeline and retain in engineering once on campus. Besides creating a culture of open communications with potential students, there are focused efforts to increase engagement of engineering students with faculty, engineering professionals, and peers to maintain student interest in working towards their engineering degree
The overall goals of the activities were to design an effective recruiting and retention program that allowed students to be a part of a dynamic and supportive educational environment inside and outside of the classroom. While each first year student has different needs and challenges, all still need information and resources that will help them succeed as well as connect on campus, so that they feel less alienated and more like they can meet their educational goals.
This paper will describe and assess the use of college visits, summer school and engineering activities prior to the first year, and scholarships and cohorts to bring in minorities and females as well as programs and activities during the first year such as supplemental instruction, STEM lab, STEM freshmen events, disciplinary and residence hall tutors. Presented data will support the success of these programs.
Welch, R. W., & Bower, K. C., & Rabb, R. J., & Martin, A. K. (2018, June), Keeping a Prospect on the Line and Then in the Boat: Recruitment and Retention Efforts that Make a Difference Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://www.jee.org/30745
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