Developing retention strategies for women that promote student success in engineering and the applied sciences

Shawna Fletcher, Mary Anderson-Rowland

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Abstract

The Women in Applied Science and Engineering (WISE) Student Success Program was designed as a comprehensive approach to increase the retention of female undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Arizona State University (ASU). Goals of the program include establishing contact with at-risk female engineering students, providing information on college and university resources, improving students' GPA for current and future semesters, and ensuring that the students achieve semester goals by maintaining personal contact. Initially, sixteen female engineering students were involved in the Spring 1999 pilot program. The pilot cohort consisted of eight different engineering disciplines with Fall 1998 cumulative GPA ranging from 1.72 to 2.69. After individual interviews, students expressed three main concerns: financial aid/scholarships, tutoring resources, and the formation of effective contacts with other engineering students and professors. Overall program results indicate that 64% of the students showed an increase in their Spring 1999 semester GPA and 79% improved their cumulative GPA. Although results are preliminary, data received from the pilot program indicate that the student success program was effective. An overview of the WISE Student Success Program will be presented and will include a discussion of the need for and impact of retention programs specifically geared toward female engineering students. In addition, future projections of implementation and direction of WISE student retention programs will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Pages1921-1927
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2000
Event2000 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education Beyond the Millenium - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2000Jun 21 2000

Other

Other2000 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education Beyond the Millenium
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO
Period6/18/006/21/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Fletcher, S., & Anderson-Rowland, M. (2000). Developing retention strategies for women that promote student success in engineering and the applied sciences. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 1921-1927)