Crystal City, Virginia
April 14, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 22, 2019
Diversity and Special Topic: Identity
This study examines the experiences of students in engineering and computer science at Seattle University, and how those experiences differ for students from underrepresented or marginalized groups. Seattle University’s mission and values statement includes a commitment to the importance of diversity in educational excellence. In the fall of 2018, 1,094 undergraduates were enrolled in Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE), including 480 female-identifying students and 222 underrepresented minority (URM) students. The CSE is comprised primarily of undergraduate programs, which are the focus of this study. This study follows previous work examining barriers to successful completion of undergraduate engineering degrees amongst female-identifying and URM students. While the goal of the original study was to extract characteristics that differentiate students who do or do not successfully complete degrees within engineering, this new study examines survey data to better understand the experiences of students from underrepresented or marginalized groups. We examine survey data for undergraduate students who were enrolled in the CSE’s engineering majors (comprised of Pre-Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science) during the spring of 2018. Results are compared for female-identifying students, URM students, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities across factors including students’ feelings of preparedness, sense of community, satisfaction with their academic performance, and experiences of bias from both peers and faculty/staff. These findings will be used to inform the development of new policies and programs within the CSE to better support students from underrepresented or marginalized groups. This study is part of a broader initiative at our college to examine accessibility of engineering degrees and how our engineering programs can better support students from underrepresented populations.
Sloughter, J. M., & Miguel, A., & Rempe, M., & Kuder, K. (2019, April), Survey Analysis of Student Experiences for Underrepresented Populations in Engineering and Computer Science Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31794
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