ERIC Number: ED542119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Persistence, Engagement, and Migration in Engineering Programs. Research Brief
Ohland, Matthew W.; Sheppard, Sheri D.; Lichtenstein, Gary; Eris, Ozgur; Chachra, Debbie; Layton, Richard A.
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
Those responsible for designing, maintaining, and delivering engineering education are asking questions to understand the outcomes of undergraduate engineering programs. These questions have been motivated by concerns about the declining interest in studying engineering, the continued lack of gender and ethnic diversity in the engineering population in education and practice, and the effectiveness of programs in preparing engineering graduates to take on today's engineering challenges. This study compared persistence and engagement of students in undergraduate engineering and in other college majors. The authors found that, in general, engineering students are more persistent than, and as engaged as, other college students.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Study, Outcomes of Education, Educational Indicators, Academic Persistence, Learner Engagement, Student Interests, Engineering, Career Choice, Student Attitudes, Majors (Students), Ethnic Diversity, Homogeneous Grouping, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)