ERIC Number: ED125875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Differences Between Persistors and Nonpersistors in Engineering Programs.
Foster, Robert J.
Described is a three-year study which concentrated on determining why freshmen in college remain in or leave engineering programs. Three aspects of the study are reviewed, and one of them is analyzed in depth. The latter compares the perceptions of 2,600 freshmen while still in engineering to their status as sophomores. The categories of academic status are: (1) remained in engineering, (2) transferred into another major, (3) voluntary withdrew from school, and (4) involuntarily withdrew (dropped). The responses to an 88-item questionnaire supplied the data. T-tests, comparison of item means within categories by correlation coefficients, and discriminant function analysis used to see which items best separated students into academic status categories were used for analysis. Motivation, commitment to engineering, and strong high school records were shown to be indices of persistors in engineering. The self-image of persistors is shown to be stronger than those who leave. Differences in college entrance examination scores were not significant factors. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (Ft. Collins, Colorado, June 16-19, 1975); Contains light print