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The Creation Of The Multiple Institution Database For Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (Midfield)

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.1244.1 - 9.1244.10



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Brian Thorndyke

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Guili Zhang

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Session 1793

The Creation of the Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD)

Matthew W. Ohland, Guili Zhang, Brian Thorndyke, and Timothy J. Anderson General Engineering, Clemson University / Educational Statistics, Physics, and Chemical Engineering, University of Florida


A longitudinal database containing student records from each of the universities participating in the Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education (SUCCEED) has been under continuous development since 1996. The database compiles records from 1987 through the present. An extensive body of research has been conducted using this database.

Technological advancements have made it possible to expand the scope of the data included in the database, and thus expand the studies that can be conducted. The partner universities have agreed to contribute transcript information—the courses that students have taken and the grades they have earned in them. With these data from nine universities placed in a common format, exciting research questions can be addressed.

This paper discusses the development of the original database, plans for the design of the MIDFIELD database, and expected uses of this valuable resource.

The SUCCEED Longitudinal Database

A longitudinal database is under continuing development by the SUCCEED Coalition with records for undergraduate students from 1987 to present (2002 data are being added) at each of the SUCCEED institutions:

• Clemson University • North Carolina State University • Florida A&M University • University of Florida • Florida State University • University of North Carolina at Charlotte • Georgia Institute of Technology • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and • North Carolina A&T State University State University

Data from all nine universities have been placed in a common format, so the SUCCEED Longitudinal Database can be used for cross-institutional studies. Descriptions of the database design and assembly are available, and the fields presently included in the database are included later.1-3 The database is a unique resource that has been studied extensively.1,2,4-17 Highlights of publications related to the present work include

• studies of retention and performance of students in a number of special programs implemented in the SUCCEED Coalition, including various freshman programs, integrated curricula, an entrepreneurship program, minority engineering programs,

Thorndyke, B., & Anderson, T. J., & Ohland, M., & Zhang, G. (2004, June), The Creation Of The Multiple Institution Database For Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (Midfield) Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13092

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