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Phase One Research Results from a Project on Vertical Transfer Students in Engineering and Engineering Technology

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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2-Year College Division: Transferring and Smoothing Transitions

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Two-Year College

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Diversity

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23

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10.18260/1-2--35053

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Surendra K. Gupta Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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“Vinnie” Gupta is a professor of mechanical engineering, and a member of the graduate faculty of materials science and engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY. He is a recipient of the 2014 Robert G. Quinn Award from ASEE, and the 2000 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in applied mechanics, computational techniques, and materials science.

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Franz Allen Foltz Rochester Institute of Technology

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Franz Foltz is an associate professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Science, Technology and Society and Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY. He is the Director of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Public Policy. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Science and Technology Policy, Research Design, and Policy Analysis.

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James E Moon Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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James Moon, Rochester Institute of Technology
James Moon is a Professor in the Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering department. He was a recipient of the 2009 Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in semiconductor device physics, solid-state physics, and electronics.

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Roy W Melton Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Roy Melton is Interim Associate Department Head and Principal Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y. His awards and honors include KGCOE Award for Exemplary Performance in Teaching (2017 and 2014), selection as "most effective teacher" by RIT Computer Engineering classes of 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and finalist for the 2015-2016 and 2012-2013 RIT Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. He received his Ph.D., M.S.E.E., and B.E.E. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. His memberships include ASEE and IEEE (Senior Member).

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Michael E. Kuhl Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Michael E. Kuhl, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1997 from North Carolina State University. His research and teaching interests are in simulation, operations research, and decision analysis with a wide range of application areas including autonomous material handling, healthcare systems, project management, cyber security, and supply chain systems.

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Maureen S. Valentine Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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Maureen Valentine, P.E., is currently a Professor, graduate coordinator and department chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety at RIT. She has been a faculty member at RIT for more than 26 years and has held various positions including instructional faculty, Associate Dean of the College and co-PI on the AdvanceRIT initiative. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on women in technology programs and
the female faculty who teach them.

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James H. Lee Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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James H. Lee is an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His areas of research expertise include internal combustion engines, renewable fuels, the design and implementation of sustainable energy systems, and technical and economic analysis of system upgrades to improve energy efficiency. Dr. Lee is a professional engineer licensed in the state of New York.

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Rob Garrick Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Department Chair. Garrick worked for 25 years in automotive engineering research and holds seven U.S. patents.

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Ren Liu

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Abstract

This paper reports on the first phase of research of a scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on students who transfer at the 3rd year level from 2-year schools to the engineering and engineering technology BS programs at our university. The objectives of the program are: (i) to expand and diversify the engineering/technology workforce of the future, (ii) to develop linkages and articulations with 2-year schools and their S-STEM programs, (iii) to provide increased career opportunities and job placement rates through mandatory paid co-op experiences, and (iv) to serve as a model for other universities to provide vertical transfer students access to the baccalaureate degree.

The project is in its fourth year, and has met its recruitment goal of a total of 78 scholars divided in three cohorts. Our goal is to retain and graduate at least 95% of these scholars.

In order to understand the needs of the students better, each cohort will be surveyed three times during their 3 years at RIT. The first phase addresses the students’ experiences with transferring into the program, summarizes their experiences at their 2-year school, and explores their preconceptions of what life will be like at RIT through both a survey and focus group during their first semester on campus. The second phase, administered after 3 semesters in the program, uses just a survey to see what issues the students have been having, how the orientation activities have helped them succeed at RIT, and how their preconceptions have changed. The final phase, administered just before graduation, addresses which aspects of the program were useful, and where improvements can be made via a third survey and a focus group.

This paper will address the first phase of the research conducted as all three cohorts have now been surveyed. It will describe two research instruments: the online survey and a focus group interview that we developed, and administered to all of the transfer scholars in their first semester.

Gupta, S. K., & Foltz, F. A., & Moon, J. E., & Melton, R. W., & Kuhl, M. E., & Valentine, M. S., & Lee, J. H., & Garrick, R., & Liu, R. (2020, June), Phase One Research Results from a Project on Vertical Transfer Students in Engineering and Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35053

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