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Work in progress : the effect of engineering matriculation status on major selection

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Brawner, M Camacho, R Long, S Lord, Matthew OhlandMatthew Ohland, M Wasburn
This study focuses on how the approach to engineering matriculation affects choice of major. Using the eight institutions represented in the Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development, we compared the majors at matriculation and at the third semester of 1) students who are directly admitted to a discipline 2) students who enter mandatory first-year engineering programs and 3) those who enter colleges of engineering without specifying a major preference. Preliminary findings indicate that students in formal FYE programs are more likely than the direct admits to choose Mechanical, Civil, Computer, and Industrial engineering and less likely to choose Chemical, Electrical, or Materials engineering as their first major. Students who enter as engineering undesignated are more likely to choose Civil, Industrial, and Other engineering and less likely to choose Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, and Materials engineering as their first major than direct admits.

Funding

Other

History

Start Page

1

End Page

2

Number of Pages

2

Start Date

01/01/2009

ISSN

0190-5848

ISBN-13

9781424447152

Location

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Publisher

IEEE

Place of Publication

Piscataway, NJ

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Purdue University; Research Triangle Educational Consultants; TBA Research Institute; University of San Diego;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Frontiers in Education Conference