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What Delays Student Graduation

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Perspectives on Degree Completion and Graduate School Application

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Mechanical Engineering

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26.1719.1 - 26.1719.19



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Amir Karimi University of Texas, San Antonio

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Amir Karimi, University of Texas, San Antonio
Amir Karimi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1982. His teaching and research interests are in thermal sciences. He has served as the Chair of Mechanical Engineering (1987 to 1992 and September 1998 to January of 2003), College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Jan. 2003-April 2006), and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (April 2006-September 2013). Dr. Karimi is a Fellow of ASEE, a Fellow of ASME, senior member of AIAA, and holds membership in ASHRAE, and Sigma Xi. He has served as the ASEE Campus Representative at UTSA, ASEE-GSW Section Campus Representative, and served as the Chair of ASEE Zone III (2005-07). He chaired the ASEE-GSW section during the 1996-97 academic year.

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Randall D. Manteufel University of Texas, San Antonio

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Randall Manteufel is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches thermal-fluid courses.

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Lynn L. Peterson University of Texas, Arlington

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Dr. Peterson currently serves as Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, as well as Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Research interests are in engineering education, intelligent systems, and medical computer science. Dr. Peterson is a member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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What Delays Student Graduation AbstractIn recent years pressure has been placed on the public universities to improve their four and sixyear graduation rates. There are some obvious reasons delaying student graduation. Manystudents enrolled in urban universities are non-traditional students, and need to work in order topay for their education. Some entering freshmen are not prepared for college courses and arerequired to complete remedial courses. In a structured degree program such as engineering,students are required to satisfy prerequisites in order to proceed through the curriculum. Lack ofcourse offerings, especially offering all required courses every semester, can delay progresstowards graduation for some students. This paper surveys a cohort of senior engineeringstudents to determine the causes for delays in graduation. In responding to survey questionnaire,students provide such information as whether they attend school full time or part-time, howmany years to graduation, whether they attend summer school, the courses that students havedifficulty passing, and other questions related to length of study for the degree. Feedback fromstudents is essential as public universities are looking for ways to improve graduation rates.

Karimi, A., & Manteufel, R. D., & Peterson, L. L. (2015, June), What Delays Student Graduation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25055

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