ERIC Number: ED247325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Retention of Minority Engineering Students. Report on the 1981-82 NACME Retention Research Program.
Penick, Benson E.; Morning, Carole
To help engineering schools improve their minority student retention rates, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) undertook a Retention Research Program. The program consisted of two parts. First, NACME funded 11 projects which planned to add to or modify one or more minority student support services. Second, NACME used data from all the proposals originally submitted (51) and from the 11 funded projects to draw conclusions about factors contributing to retention success. Analyses of proposal data revealed that the three support mechanisms significantly related to success were: (1) monitoring of student performance and early warning of academic difficulty; (2) formal interaction among the minority engineering program, its students, and the engineering faculty; and (3) a summer pre-freshman program to diagnose participants' academic strengths and weaknesses and provide the assistance indicated. Analysis of project data yielded a number of significant findings, the most important of which was that retention can be dramatically improved through the addition or modification of one or more support mechanisms to those services already in place. Other findings underlined the importance of the following: summer sessions plus extra coursework during the year; provision of services by a minority rather than an all-students program; improved study skills courses; and students' previous participation in a pre-engineering program, positive academic self-concept, and motives for choosing engineering. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., New York, NY.