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Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Student Attendance and Its Relationship to Success in Math-Intensive and Non-Math-Intensive Courses

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Technology Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

17

DOI

10.18260/p.27089

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https://peer.asee.org/27089

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102

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Terence Geyer Eastern Washington University

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Terence Geyer, Eastern Washington University
Terence L. D. Geyer is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering & Design at
Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.S. in Manufacturing Technology and M.Ed. in Adult Education in a specially combined program of Technology and Education at Eastern Washington University. He has 20 years of business experience in the IT field and 15 years of experience in education. He lives off-grid for eight months of the year using both older and newer technology. His interests include collecting and re-manufacturing older technologies.

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William R. Loendorf Eastern Washington University

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William R. Loendorf is a Full Professor, Emeritus of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering Science at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, M.B.A. at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and Ph.D. in Engineering Management at Walden University. He holds a Professional Engineer license and has 30 years of industrial experience as an Engineer or Engineering Manager at General Motors, Cadnetix, and Motorola. His interests include engineering management, technological literacy, improving the competitiveness of American companies, and real-time embedded systems.

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Donald C. Richter P.E. Eastern Washington University

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DONALD C. RICHTER obtained his B. Sc. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He holds a Professional Engineer certification and worked as an Engineer and Engineering Manger in industry for 20 years before teaching. His interests include project management, robotics /automation, Student Learning and Air Pollution Dispersion Modeling.

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Jason K. Durfee P.E. Eastern Washington University

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Jason Durfee is a Professor of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He holds a Professional Engineer certification. Prior to teaching at Eastern Washington University, he was a military pilot, an engineering instructor at West Point and an airline pilot. His interests include aerospace, aviation, computational fluid dynamics, professional ethics, and piano technology.

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Hani Serhal Saad Eastern Washington University

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B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University
PhD. in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University

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Doris M. Munson Eastern Washington University

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Doris M. Munson is the Systems/Reference Librarian at Eastern Washington University Libraries. She holds a M.L.S. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.S. from Oregon State University, Corvallis.

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N.M. A. Hossain Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Hossain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. His research interests involve the computational and experimental analysis of lightweight space structures and composite materials. Dr. Hossain received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering and Science from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Abstract

A few years ago, members of our Engineering & Design Department began a study to determine the effects of class attendance on student success. Today’s engineering and technology students have grown up in an environment that is very different from the students of 20 years ago. They access information and engage in social contact through digital media and often have almost instant access to this digital media through portable, wireless devices. There is a thought that with this greater connectivity they may not respond in the same manner to the teaching methods of past generations of students. In addition, the students of today may not feel the same need to be physically present in their classes in order to be successful.

Initial results presented at _________ in _______ determined that attendance does correlate with student success and the correlation changes during the progression of a student throughout their undergraduate experience. Results presented at the _____________ indicated that an instructor’s attendance policy did not significantly affect overall attendance rates of students that earned high grades in a course, but that it did affect the students that earned lower grades.

This current paper discusses the relationship between student attendance and success based on the nature of the course, whether the course is math intensive or not, and tracks and analyzes the attendance behavior of students throughout their entire undergraduate studies. Combined attendance data, collected since 2008 by a variety of instructors, is tracked and analyzed for approximately 20 classes per year, ranging from freshman to senior students. The types of programs covered in this current paper include: Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Design Technology, Construction Management, Applied Technology, and a service course to the general student body.

Geyer, T., & Loendorf, W. R., & Richter, D. C., & Durfee, J. K., & Saad, H. S., & Munson, D. M., & Hossain, N. A. (2016, June), Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Student Attendance and Its Relationship to Success in Math-Intensive and Non-Math-Intensive Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27089

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