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Transfer Students in Undergraduate Engineering

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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2-Year College Division: Students and the Pipeline

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Two-Year College

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Diversity

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18

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10.18260/1-2--35400

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https://peer.asee.org/35400

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Harriet Hartman Rowan University

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Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Department. Co-p.i. of RED NSF RevED project at Rowan University. ֵ

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Stephanie Lezotte Rowan University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1270-7949

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Stephanie is a Ph.D. candidate studying postsecondary and higher education. Using organizational theories, she examines systems and structures that contribute to the oppression and symbolic violence of minoritized and underrepresented students. Her dissertation focuses on diversity and inclusion in engineering.

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Ralph Alan Dusseau P.E. Rowan University

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Dr. Ralph Dusseau is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Dr. Dusseau is also serving as the Associate Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is Coordinator of the Engineering Management Programs at Rowan University. Dr. Dusseau was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1985 to 1995. Dr. Dusseau was the Founding Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University from 1995 to 2008.

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Tiago R Forin Rowan University

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Tiago Forin is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education and researcher at Purdue University affiliated with XRoads Research Group, the Global Engineering Program and the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness. He received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Florida State University and a Master's degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University.

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Stephanie Farrell Rowan University

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Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Interim Dean and Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education Department in the Henry M. Rowan College at Rowan University (USA). She is the immediate past president of ASEE. Dr. Farrell has contributed to engineering education through her work in inductive pedagogy, spatial skills, and inclusion and diversity. She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education with several teaching awards such as the 2004 National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the 2005 Quinn Award for experiential learning, and she was 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland).

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Abstract

Transfer students to four-year colleges often face considerable obstacles to college success, including a lack of adequate socialization to the new setting, in terms of practical knowledge, academic preparation, and college climate norms. In addition, they may find it difficult to integrate into the informal social groups that have already formed among students who started their program as first-year students. These challenges are often complicated by lower socio-economic status and first-generation college student status. For the most part, transfer students carry these challenges as invisible minority marks. As such, they may share with other minority statuses a sense of “otherness” from the mainstream college student, and consequent obstacles to self-confidence and -efficacy, weaker academic achievement, uncertainty of future plans in their majors, and a weaker sense of being part of the (student) community in their major. Engineering students are not an exception, and successful achievement of an undergraduate degree in engineering may hinge on finding an inclusive and welcoming climate as well as nurturing professors and students. The current study focuses on transfer students in engineering at a public university in the MidAtlantic. The data are drawn from a baseline survey about the climate for diversity and inclusion administered to all engineering college students in the Fall of 2016 and repeated mid-year 2018-9. Suggested supports for transfer students are discussed in the paper’s conclusions.

Hartman, H., & Lezotte, S., & Dusseau, R. A., & Forin, T. R., & Farrell, S. (2020, June), Transfer Students in Undergraduate Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35400

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