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Predictors of Matriculation in Intended Major in a First-Year Engineering Program

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

First-Year Programs: Deciding on a Major

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First-Year Programs

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14

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Katherine M. Ehlert Clemson University

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Katherine M. Ehlert is a doctoral student in the Engineering and Science Education department in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences at Clemson University. She earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and her MS in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Biomechanics from Cornell University. Prior to her enrollment at Clemson, Katherine worked as a Biomedical Engineering consultant in Philadelphia, PA. Her research interests include identity development through co and extra-curricular experiences for engineering students.

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Maya Rucks Clemson University

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Maya Rucks is an engineering education doctoral student at Clemson University. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her master's degree in industrial engineering from Louisiana Tech University. Her areas of interest include, minorities in engineering, K-12 engineering, and engineering curriculum development.

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Baker A. Martin Clemson University

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Baker Martin is a graduate student in the Department of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University. He earned his BS from Virginia Tech and his MS from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, both in chemical engineering. His research interests include choice and decision making, especially relating to major selection, persistence, and career choice.

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Marisa K. Orr Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5944-5846

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Marisa K. Orr is an Assistant Professor in Engineering and Science Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Her research interests include student persistence and pathways in engineering, gender equity, diversity, and academic policy. Dr. Orr is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award for her research entitled, “Empowering Students to be Adaptive Decision-Makers.”

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Abstract

This complete research paper documents how confidence in choice of intended major and self-regulated decision-making competency influence whether a student changes their intended major while participating in a compulsory first-year engineering (FYE) program. Initial major, confidence in that major choice, and self-regulated decision-making competency were documented in the Fall of 2017 for students matriculating into a FYE program. Student enrollment in a major in the Fall of 2018 was connected to this data. Retention in any engineering major and in the student’s intended major were analyzed using logistic regression.

Ehlert, K. M., & Rucks, M., & Martin, B. A., & Orr, M. K. (2019, June), Predictors of Matriculation in Intended Major in a First-Year Engineering Program Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33186

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