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"Out Of The Classroom Experiences": The Importance Of Qualitative Experiences In Student Academic Success

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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MINDing Our Business

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7.4.1 - 7.4.15

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Denise Hayman

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“Out of the Classroom Experiences”: The Importance of

Qualitative Experiences in Student Academic Success

Denise R. Hayman University of Illinois at Chicago


Over the past decade the total enrollments for engineering students at the Nation’s colleges and

universities has declined significantly. Although there are many reasons expressed why this

decline has occurred, few focus on the qualitative and “out of the classroom” challenges college

and university students face while pursuing engineering degrees at our nation’s institutions.

Many of these challenges mirror issues of society-at-large but are sometimes overlooked by

professionals who deal with these students.

To facilitate a student’s personal journey toward enhanced development and

transformation, engineering professionals must keep in mind that many of the experiences

encountered by students create some cognitive dissonance and challenge thought patterns,

behaviors, and self-identity. To respond more effectively to their needs, the professional focus

must support a student’s need for a sound identity and awareness of issues that might impact

their academic performance. Some of their issues might include academic, economic,

motivational, family background, societal, diversity, and values challenges. Although these

challenges are very complex, maintaining a comprehensive and developmental approach is

extremely important. It is important because a student’s future and retention in engineering will

depend on how they handle academic/personal issues that impact their performance as well as

mastering the academic challenges encountered in the classroom.

“Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Hayman, D. (2002, June), "Out Of The Classroom Experiences": The Importance Of Qualitative Experiences In Student Academic Success Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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