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Undergraduate Academic Policy Trends Across Institutions Over the Last Thirty Years

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2019 FYEE Conference

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Penn State University , Pennsylvania

Publication Date

July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

End Date

July 30, 2019

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T1C: Developing Foundations in Mathematics

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Diversity and FYEE Conference - Paper Submission

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7

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https://peer.asee.org/33733

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Hossein Ebrahiminejad Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Hossein Ebrahiminejad is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He completed his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in Iran. His research interests include student pathways, educational policy, and quantitative research methods.

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Hassan Ali Al Yagoub Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8812-4109

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Catherine E. Brawner Research Triangle Educational Consultants

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Wil Stuckey Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Tom Cody Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Nicholas Tomlin Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6502-989X

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Nate Eckhart Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Hamza Tanzeem Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Dan Irby Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Anna Francis Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Abstract

This study sought to compare engineering undergraduate academic policies across universities in order to identify existing trends in the past 30 years. We conducted content analysis on institution catalogues using Nvivo and investigated the core courses required in engineering curricula, we also investigated the different probation policies and compared them across different institutions. We hypothesized that as time has progressed, colleges have better refined and specified their policies and catalogs, generally in such a way that has led to higher academic standards. We also expected to see an increase in the required math and science courses as the years went on. However, when we examined the data, there were more complex relationships than we had originally predicted. In conclusion, across multiple years, there is not much of a difference, but across colleges, more definitive trends can be observed. We used visualization methods to illustrate the differences among institutions and throughout the last thirty years.

KEY WORDS: Academic Policy, Undergraduate, Higher Education Policy, Academic Literacy, Engineering

Ebrahiminejad, H., & Al Yagoub, H. A., & Brawner, C. E., & Stuckey, W., & Cody, T., & Tomlin, N., & Eckhart, N., & Tanzeem, H., & Irby, D., & Francis, A. (2019, July), Undergraduate Academic Policy Trends Across Institutions Over the Last Thirty Years Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/33733

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