June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Perspectives on Degree Completion and Graduate School Application
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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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