June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Minorities in Engineering
24.937.1 - 24.937.16
Non-‐Curricular Activities Help African American Students and Alumni Develop Engineer of 2020 Traits: A Quantitative Look This research lays a foundation for understanding the unique experiences of African American engineering student and alumni participants in non-‐curricular activities. Three non-‐curricular activities were examined for the scope of this study: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Black Greek Organizations (BGOs), and Minority Engineering Programs (MEPs). This study demonstrates the value of these three activities by quantifying participants’ perceptions on how involvement in these organizations aids the development of Engineer of 2020 traits (e.g. analytical, leadership, and lifelong learning skills). Statistical analysis of data from over 250 student and alumni participants from across the US reveal that participants perceive each organization to make a statistically significant contribution to the development of at least one Engineer of 2020 trait. Results of this study provide leaders and advisors of these programs and organizations with empirical data that can be used to advocate for funding and institutional support. Future work will include a detailed qualitative analysis aimed at gaining in-‐depth knowledge of the specific contributions of each organization to Engineer of 2020 traits. These quantitative and qualitative data will form the basis for further evidence-‐based programming and student retention strategies. Additionally, this work can be used to help engineering students gain self-‐awareness of essential professional competencies and become actively involved in their own professional development and life-‐long learning.
Simmons, D. R., & Young Collins, G. D., & Adams, S. G., & Martin, J. P. (2014, June), Non-Curricular Activities Help African-American Students and Alumni Develop Engineer of 2020 Traits: A Quantitative Look Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22870
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