July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
In many schools, students are able to tailor their undergraduate engineering coursework to emphasize a particular specialty field. When organized by the university, such an emphasis within the context of a major is often called an academic “concentration.” Universities with a smaller array of majors in specialty engineering disciplines can employ concentrations to foster student success in a given field and attract students who are already interested in such a specialty, if it is not available as a major. Concentrations can generally be offered with relatively low cost, because the specialty coursework often comprises electives already taught in the program. Using survey and graduation data from a small private engineering college in the Midwest, this paper examines the strength of concentrations’ recruiting appeal against the cost to maintain them, the change in student interest over time, and the impact on post-graduation placement for students who complete the concentration.
Mikesell, D. R., & Yoder, J. S. (2021, July), The Influence of Program Concentrations on Enrollment and Placement Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37873
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