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Progress and Impact of LEAP: An NSF S-STEM Scholarship Project

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Potpourri

Tagged Division

Computing & Information Technology

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/p.25975

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https://peer.asee.org/25975

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98

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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Afsaneh Minaie is a professor of Computer Engineering at Utah Valley University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include gender issues in the academic sciences and engineering fields, Embedded Systems Design, Mobile Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Nanotechnology, Data Mining and Databases.

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy is a professor of Computer Science Department at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research focuses on diverse areas such as: Database Design, Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Data Mining, Data Warehousing, and Machine Learning.

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Abstract

Strategies Used for Recruiting and Retaining Freshman Computer Science & Engineering Students

Abstract

At many institutions of higher education, 50 percent or more of the freshman computer science & engineering students drop out of the programs due to a variety of reasons. Many computer science & engineering programs are trying to identify these reasons and find a solution to remedy it. A common goal among most of the educators in freshman engineering programs is to come up with strategies designed to improve the success of first-year engineering students. Since fewer students are entering computer science & engineering programs, it is essential that greater effort and attention be given to retaining students who have decided to pursue a computer science & engineering education.

It has long been recognized that retention of computer science & engineering students is a major problem at many institutions of higher education. Retention issues have a big impact on the colleges and universities in a variety of areas such as academic affairs, student services, and even recruitment of new engineering students. Nowadays, graduation rates are published and lower rates reflect poorly on an institution of higher education. Because of these reasons and more, colleges and universities have turned their attentions to finding new ways to retain the students that do enroll in their computer science & engineering programs.

This paper will study different approaches that are used by different colleges and universities for recruiting and retaining freshman computer science & engineering students. This paper will also address the techniques that are used by the authors’ university to improve recruitment and retention of their computer science & engineering students.

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R. (2016, June), Progress and Impact of LEAP: An NSF S-STEM Scholarship Project Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25975

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