ERIC Number: ED448238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
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Minority Students Who Persist: A Three-Year Study of Undergraduate Engineering Majors.
Stough, Laura M.; Songeroth, Mary S.
Factors influencing the achievement and retention of ethnic minority students were studied, focusing on 38 ethnic minority students in a college engineering program. Of the 38 students, 12 were African American, and 26 were Hispanic of Mexican American origin. Students were participants in the university's Equal Opportunity in Engineering program, which targeted its retention efforts to ethnic minorities. Information on their achievement in the first and second semesters was compiled, and a profile was created for each student, using grade point average and retention status to create achievement and retention (in engineering) categories. Telephone interviews were conducted with students to determine their perceptions of factors that influenced their achievement and retention. Successful students were more articulate about their use of study strategies and seemed to have more metacognitive awareness. Successful students listed group studying as one of their primary learning strategies. Both successful and unsuccessful students made negative comments about the teaching ability of some teachers, but successful students were able to identify ways to circumvent negative instruction. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 27-29, 1994.)