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Work in Progress: Identifying Structural and Cultural Characteristics of Hispanic-serving Institutions in Engineering Education – A Morphogenetic Approach

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Experiences of Underrepresented Students in Engineering

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35646

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https://peer.asee.org/35646

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Indhira María Hasbún Florida International University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6940-392X

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Indhira María Hasbún is a Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Assistant in the School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED) at Florida International University (FIU). Her research analyzes the interplay between institutional structures, culture, and agents at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to identify how colleges of engineering at HSIs can leverage their institutional systems toward educational transformation as they pursue their goals of serving undergraduate Latinx engineering students.

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Alexandra Coso Strong Florida International University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4988-361X

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As an assistant professor of engineering education at Florida International University, Dr. Alexandra Coso Strong works and teaches at the intersection of engineering education, faculty development, and complex systems design. Alexandra completed her doctorate in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in Spring 2014. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, Alexandra received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from MIT (2007) and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia (2010). Alexandra comes to FIU after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and three years as a faculty member at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. Alexandra’s research aims to improve the design of educational experiences for students by critically examining the work and learning environments of practitioners. Specifically, she focuses on (1) how to design and change educational and work systems through studies of practicing engineers and educators and (2) how to help students transition into, through and out of educational and work systems.

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Abstract

This work-in-progress (WIP) paper presents the methodological approach of Phase 1 of a larger study exploring how Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) can better “serve” Latinx engineering students, as illustrated through a particular case study institution. The main goal of Phase 1 is to examine the impacts of the HSI designation on institutional systems and identify the resulting structural and cultural characteristics that may influence the experiences of undergraduate Latinx engineering students. Ultimately, this study seeks to identify how colleges of engineering at HSIs can leverage their institutional systems to enable and sustain educational transformation as they pursue their goals of serving undergraduate Latinx engineering students. This qualitative case study combines Margaret Archer’s (1995) morphogenetic approach as a theoretical framework and Gina Garcia's (2019) Multidimensional Conceptual Framework of Servingness in HSIs to reach the stated goals. It further employs the use of an underutilized form of case studies, the normative (value-laden) case study to connect the results of the study to broader societal values about the what it means to “serve” Latinx engineering students at HSIs. With the ever-increasing number of HSIs and a continued need to redefine the field of engineering towards diversity, equity, and inclusion, the need to explore how HSIs can better serve Latinx engineering students becomes imperative.

Hasbún, I. M., & Strong, A. C. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Identifying Structural and Cultural Characteristics of Hispanic-serving Institutions in Engineering Education – A Morphogenetic Approach Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35646

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