ERIC Number: ED452047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Studying the Contribution of Programs at Eight Engineering Colleges toward Student Success.
Ohland, Matthew W.; Anderson, Tim
The use of a longitudinal database to study the impact of a variety of student programs on student success is discussed. This study addresses the question of which programs and groups of programs most strongly influence student success. Programs designed to help engineering students at eight colleges are studied in order to determine the factors that significantly contribute to student success. Types of programs in this study include mentoring programs, summer residential programs, and engineering orientation programs. Student success is measured by graduation rates, grade point averages, and time-to-graduation. Although the primary study is still a work in progress, its potential to be a landmark study of this type makes it desirable to discuss the research study at its present stage. A longitudinal database under continuing development by the National Science Foundation-sponsored by Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education (SUCCEED) is used in this study. The database covers all entering cohorts from 1987 to the present. The longitudinal database is particularly useful for establishing control groups from the general population of engineering students, since data from all eight engineering colleges are placed in a common format. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Engineering Education, Evaluation, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Mentors, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.ineer.org/events/ICEE1999/proceedings papers/ 436/436.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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