An article in this morning's Inside Higher Education reports that using the UCLA/HERI CIRP survey given to freshmen, researchers have found that interest in engineering as a major has increased 57% in recent years. Other STEM fields have also increased. See this link for the article
This is great news! The next question is: how can engineering colleges address student success and retention issues so that a higher rate of students are retained in engineering and enter the workforce as engineers?
Often student success processes can be easily improved. This includes processes for student support during the freshman year, continuing good advising support throughout the college years, collaborating with industry on internship and co-op opportunities so that students get some hands-on experience before they graduate and helping students navigate the university processes to meet their financial needs.
Looking for ideas for improving engineering student retention at your engineering college? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Veenstra, PhD