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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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