June 26, 2011
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Two Year College Division
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Pilot Survey of Engineering and Engineering Technology Students in 2-Year and 4-Year InstitutionsTaking full advantage of community colleges as sources of science and engineering majors is acritical component of U.S. science and technology policy. Within the engineering andengineering technology (e/et) communities, the most critical role of community colleges is asfeeders to baccalaureate engineering and engineering technology programs. Indeed, some statesdepend on community colleges as a key pathway for students seeking baccalaureate degrees inall fields. Data are available on the number of degree recipients in e/et at the associate’s degreelevel. However, since many programs of study that prepare students to transfer to abaccalaureate e/et program do not require the student to attain an associate’s degree as anintermediate step, there are not reliable data on either the number of community college studentswho intend to transfer to baccalaureate e/et programs or the number who successfully make thetransition.The overall goal is to characterize (1) the number of community college students enrolled inindividual e/et programs, (2) the number of community college students who have eithercompleted an associate’s degree program or directly transferred to a baccalaureate program, and(3) the number of baccalaureate degree recipients who began their education in a communitycollege. This data will allow us to answer our overall research question: “How many studentswho have substantially completed an e/et program of study in a community college transfer to abaccalaureate e/et degree program irrespective of whether they have completed the requirementsto obtain an associates degree?” Determining the ability to answer this question is central todetermining the ability to answer several broad follow-on questions that will allow us to moreclosely gauge the preparation and success of community college students in baccalaureateengineering programs. For example, • Do engineering students who begin at community colleges perform as well, better than, or not as well as other students? What factors influence their success rate? • How many community college graduates are admitted to Research I Institutions? • How many obtain graduate degrees? • What career paths do students with A.S. degrees follow?The current project is a pilot study to be undertaken at a purposeful sample of 35 communitycolleges and 15 engineering colleges in the U.S. The three major activities to be undertaken inthis pilot are to (1) confer with e/et faculty and deans within 2-year and 4-year e/et programs todetermine key data questions to be asked of the participating e/et programs; (2) work with thedata research staff at the ASEE to survey a sample of community colleges and engineeringbaccalaureate degree granting institutions; and (3) debrief key contacts at the sampledinstitutions on any challenges encountered during the data collection process and how suchchallenges might be avoided in the future.This paper will present the findings of the pilot study.
Gibbons, M. T., & Cady, E. T., & Didion, C., & Fortenberry, N. L. (2011, June), Pilot Survey of Engineering and Engineering Technology Students in Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18943
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