Critical support for upper division transfer students in engineering and computer science

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland

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A Motivated Engineering Transfer Students (METS) Program at Arizona State University (ASU) was established to aid the transition, retention, and graduation of engineering and computer science community college transfer students. The METS Program provides critical support in the form of an Academic Success and Professional Development (ASAP) Class and a METS Center to help provide academic and social support, as well as scholarships. In this paper, we look specifically at the impact of the METS Center for transfer students and the impact on transfer students of the $4K per year scholarship funded by NSF grants. The ASAP Class transfer students were surveyed to evaluate the Center and scholarships. The transfer students were asked: "How does the METS Center help you?" and "How did the METS scholarship help you?" The top three identified benefits of the METS Center were: a place to meet/connect with other transfer students, the use of computers and free printing, and the ability to get information about internships. The top student benefits of the METS scholarship are not having to work as much, not having to take out a loan and, for some students, not having to work. The scholarship benefits did not differ by gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEnergizing the Future, FIE 2013 - Proceedings
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2013Oct 26 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOklahoma City, OK


  • Academic scholarship program
  • Professional development
  • Scholarships
  • Transfer center
  • Transfer students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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