June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Military and Veterans
Despite considerable gains made towards increasing students interest in STEM education, one specific population, Veterans in engineering, suffers from disproportionally high attrition. Social responsibility (SR) is one motivating factor for becoming an engineer and was identified as a successful intervention strategy to improve retention of first-year engineering students. SR is also a core value instilled by all branches of the U.S. military while actively serving. Therefore, the objective of this research study was to examine Veterans’ perceptions of SR as it related to engineering. For this study, a survey instrument was designed, piloted, revised, and launched for instrument validation and exploratory examination if a relationship between SR and Veteran students’ core beliefs existed. Results of this study showed that both Veteran and first-year non-Veteran students strongly value the tenants of SR. The results of this study indicate the potential for curriculum and policy changes to increase Veteran retention in engineering programs.
Hood, J. C., & Kulesza, S. E., & Liang, J. G., & Fitzsimmons, E. J., & Zacharakis, J. (2019, June), Social Responsibility and Veteran Student Retention in Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33273
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