June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Minorities in Engineering
26.1316.1 - 26.1316.15
MIND Benchmarking Recruitment & Retention Efforts in Engineering Education: A Proposed Strategy for PractitionersAbstractIn an attempt to improve the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresentedpopulations, many colleges allocate a considerable amount of resources toward interventionsintended to attract and support prospective and current engineering students. In particular,engineering colleges offer interventions such as outreach programs for prospective engineeringstudents, summer bridge programs for transitioning engineering students, and mentoringprograms for current engineering students. The practitioners responsible for coordinating anddirecting these interventions often operate on limited budgets. Due to limits on resources, there isneed for a more effective way to share techniques and implement best practices. While theobjectives, goals, and target populations of such initiatives vary across universities, practitionerscan improve their respective efforts by benchmarking, or applying lessons learned frominnovative and effective strategies employed elsewhere. The purpose of this synthesis paper is tointegrate existing literature on benchmarking and to suggest an innovative methodology that canbe used by practitioners to facilitate the benchmarking of recruitment and retention interventionsthat target prospective and current students in engineering.In this paper, the authors conceptually applied a robust benchmarking process to a studentsupport center at a large four-year, primarily residential research university. The analysis wasused to develop the Information Sharing Cycle of Student Intervention Benchmarking.Throughout the conceptual application, we identified essential stages within the benchmarkingprocess and developed recommendations for practitioners. The paper begins with an overview ofbenchmarking and its value. Next, we report on the conceptual application of a universalbenchmarking model. Lastly, the paper concludes with recommendations for those involved inrecruitment and retention initiatives that wish to make use of the benchmarking process. Thisstudy is a first step towards developing standards for reporting on recruitment and retentionefforts in engineering education.
Lee, W. C., & Cross, K. J., & Ogilvie, A. M. (2015, June), Recruitment & Retention Efforts in Engineering Education: A Proposed Strategy for Benchmarking Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24653
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