Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Corporate Engagement
. This paper explores the outcomes of a seminar course for 2nd year Women in Engineering students at a large university. The WiE LC (Learning Community) students are a cohort of young women who first lived together as freshman, made it through that year of challenges and decided to continue in the WiE LC for year 2. WiE LC2 students can participate in a .5 hour seminar course that has unique characteristics which the authors believe are worth sharing. Further, the authors are using research methods to understand the impact of this course on student success. As a framework, most WiE LC2 students are applying for their major, highly focused on core classes and resulting GPA’s, but lose sight of the possibilities for their futures. The highly competitive major application process is often a source of stress. Even though this course can’t get a student in their desired major, the “over the fence” glimpse is the nugget to realign their focus. The 2-key characteristics of this program intended to help these students are: 1. Community Building: In weekly meetings, the students build community, share their frustrations, and explore opportunities for growth. 2. Connections to Real-World Engineers: Exposing the students to working engineers by visiting sites, they get to experience various possibilities to understand different career paths. One key message students hear is “stay in engineering: it is tough and challenging but you can and will get through academics… don’t be afraid to ask for help in school and once you get an internship…” Sharing the course content among the academic community and communicating the data from student feedback will support further enhancement of this program.
Stavridis, O. M., & Ulstad, A. T., & Barclay, L. A. (2018, April), Work in Progress: Will Looking "Over the Fence" of Academic Challenges to a Future as a Successful Engineer Support the Persistence WiE Students Need to Succeed? Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29597
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