June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Minorities in Engineering
26.1543.1 - 26.1543.9
The Impact of Federally Funded Scholarship Programs on the Success of Transfer Students at a Public Engineering College Nationally almost half of the students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science and engineeringcomplete part of their education at a community college, and this statistic is expected to increasewith the rising costs of attending a four-year public institution. The demographics of almost allfour-year engineering programs fail to align with U.S. Census data for women and under-represented minorities. Community colleges, on the other hand, serve a high number of thesestudents. Programs designed to support community college student transition and graduationfrom four-year engineering programs will naturally increase the pipeline of diverse studentsentering the workforce.This paper will review the impacts of two National Science Foundation S-STEM (Scholarshipsin Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grants on undergraduate minorityengineering transfer student retention and development during the period 2007-13. The programswere designed to overcome known barriers to persistence of transfer students from communitycollege, including lack of engagement on campus, underdeveloped professional work ethic andgoals, deficient study habits, fewer opportunities to gain practical competence/reflection onlearning, and working for pay. The elements of the programs included cohorting, team-building,mentoring, tutoring, and advising, as well as monetary support in the form of scholarships.Compared to control groups, the cohorts participating in these programs showed significantlyhigher retention rates, a shorter time-to-degree, and higher placement rates in industry orgraduate school. The College also experienced an increase in diversity and an expanded pipelineof students continuing on to graduate school. Key elements of the programs that lead to successwill be highlighted and the challenges for attaining sustainability discussed.
Ford, D. M., & Rees, P., & Rubin, K. G. (2015, June), The Impact of Federally Funded Scholarship Programs on the Success of Transfer Students at a Public Engineering College Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24880
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