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ERIC Number: ED540676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Graduate School or Not? Engineering Students Consider Continuing Their Educations in Co-Terminal Programs. Research Brief
Jackson, Kristyn; Bailey, Tori; Sheppard, Sheri; Chen, Helen
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
The paths students follow after completing a bachelor's degree in an engineering field are varied and expectations about the numbers of students who will pursue engineering work or graduate school are supported by various studies. This study explores how decisions to do graduate work in engineering are made. Among the questions examined are: (1) What factors do students consider?; (2) How do students decide where to apply for graduate work and in what field?; and (3) Who is involved in the decision? Preliminary answers to these questions for one particular group--those choosing to pursue a dual degree in engineering--are discussed in this paper. The authors conclude that there is still much more to understand about the undergraduate-to-graduate decision process and transition. This is becoming increasingly important as more students undertake graduate education, and as national leadership calls for a debate on the relationship between undergraduate and graduate education and the practice of engineering.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)