June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
ABSTRACT The purpose of this complete research paper is to add to the knowledge base and gain a better understanding of factors related to an individual’s probability of graduating and/or persisting in engineering school. There has been increased attention in the public domain to college retention and graduation rates which have been influenced by multiple factors such as the increasing number of states using retention and graduation rates in funding formulas for colleges, the publication of retention and graduation rates and the amount of student loan debt. The attention paid to retention in engineering programs has also increased, fueled by the overall movement to increase graduation rates and additionally the call for more engineering graduates. This paper will attempt to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the number of reasons students cited for pursuing engineering and their first year retention and graduation rates.
Survey data was collated from first year engineering students in a large metropolitan research institution during the first week of their study in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 as part of a larger study on engineering student performance and retention. The question of interest in this study, was “Why did you choose engineering as a major? Check all that apply.” Students were given seven answers to choose from. It was noticed that some students selected just one reason while others selected multiple reasons. This research seeks to determine if students who cited more reasons were more likely to stay in engineering than those with less reasons, and if the reasons that influence one’s decision to pursue engineering has any bearing whatsoever on whether they continue in engineering.
The survey response rate was over 90% for each of the three years analyzed. Logistic regression will be used to determine if there is a significant difference in probability of graduation and/or first year retention depending on the number of reasons students cited as influential in their decision to pursue engineering as a discipline. It is our expectation that the information gained from this study will aid high schoolers, their parents and school counselors when choosing, or coaching students who are choosing, a course of study for college.
Adusei, P. K., & Honken, N., & Ralston, P. A. (2017, June), Relationship Between The Number of Reasons Students Cited To Study Engineering and Their Retention and Graduation Rates Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28792
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