June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Minorities in Engineering
23.1001.1 - 23.1001.10
1 Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been given muchattention in recent years. The area of greatest concern, however, is that retention and successrates in American colleges and universities are low. While the number of degrees awarded in theSTEM fields increased modestly from 2003 to 2007, only 15.6 percent of bachelor’s degreeswere awarded in these fields.Standardized-test scores, study habits, and whether students are living on- or off-campus are notthe only factors that affect retention rates. Surprisingly, poor service and treatment, the feelingthat college education is just not worth it, and the indifference students perceive from the collegeor university are among the major factors that affect retention and success. As a result, severalretention and success efforts, especially in the engineering and science areas, have beendeveloped across the country.A variety of issues affect student success in engineering and science. The better these issues areunderstood, the better mentors are prepared to identify effective solutions. Students are morelikely to succeed if they have clear goals, are active learners, and are active participants incampus activities. It is a concern of faculty and administrators to improve the graduation ratewithout lowering standards. Meeting objectives and outcomes is achieved by monitoringprogress and making adjustments.This paper attempts to document the key elements for promoting minority and underrepresentedstudents’ success in engineering and science, with a focus on active learning through a researchand internship program that provides financial support and mentoring.
Bachnak, R., & Goonatilake, R., & Maldonado, S. C., & Mott, D. (2013, June), Promoting Student Success in Engineering and Science through Reseach and Internship Programs Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22386
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