Asee peer logo

Using Student Instruction to Increase Retention in Engineering

Download Paper |


2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Innovative Teaching Techniques in the Classroom

Tagged Division

Civil Engineering

Page Count


Page Numbers

24.1346.1 - 24.1346.14



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Ronald W. Welch The Citadel

visit author page

Ron Welch (P.E.) received his B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Military Academy in 1982. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1990 and 1999, respectively. He became the Dean of Engineering at The Citadel on 1 July 2011. Prior to his current position, he was the Department Head of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler from Jan 2007 to June 2011 as well as served in the Corps of Engineers for over 24 years including eleven years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy.

visit author page


Kevin C. Bower PE The Citadel

visit author page

Dr. Kevin Bower is an Associate Professor of and Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. He recently received the ASEE Environmental Engineering Meritorious Service Award and he was the 2011 Harry C. Saxe teaching award recipient awarded for outstanding undergraduate engineering teaching at The Citadel. Dr. Bower’s teaching research interests are in improving active learning environments, recruiting and retaining underrepresented populations to civil engineering, and the development of classroom pedagogy to improve moral and ethical development in engineering students.

visit author page


Kaitlin Marley The Citadel

visit author page

Kaitlin Marley is an Instructor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2008, and her Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. Prior to her employment at The Citadel, she helped develop textbooks and courseware for mathematics courses. She currently serves as an assistant advisor for the Society of Women Engineers at The Citadel.

visit author page


Ally Kindel Martin The Citadel

visit author page

Ally Kindel Martin is a Supplemental Instruction Coordinator in the School of Engineering at The Citadel. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Before arriving at The Citadel, she previously worked as a Student Success Adviser and focused on early intervention initiatives. She has taught courses including First Year Seminar, Keys to Student Success and University 101.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Using Student Instruction to Increase Retention in Civil Engineering  The XXX School of Engineering was challenged by the College President in 2011 to retain and grow the number of engineering students in their respective programs.  The concept of increasing the number of engineering students thereby increasing the number of graduates was analyzed as part of strategic planning for the School of Engineering. Key indicators found during this were increased marketing, preparedness of the incoming students, retention of those who arrive, and the addition of new programs. This paper will only focus on the retention of those students who arrive each year as freshman. The School of Engineering used a simple suggestion by one of its faculty concerning a well‐known concept such as SI, student or supplemental instruction, to improve retention of engineering freshman by more than 40%. This paper will establish the conditions prior to the implementation of SI, the challenges in implementing and sustaining SI, and the retention results that are greatly influenced by SI. 

Welch, R. W., & Bower, K. C., & Marley, K., & Martin, A. K. (2014, June), Using Student Instruction to Increase Retention in Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23279

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2014 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015