Academic achievement and retention in a minority engineering program

Mary Anderson-Rowland, Callie Ruben

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


The Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) was awarded funding in 2003 as a part of 13 five-year block grants given to colleges and universities that year. The funding was given by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) for a program to increase the number of underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, and Native American) enrolled in engineering and to increase their retention and graduation rates to that comparable for non-minority students. This successful NACME program at ASU has now completed four years of programming and has now had 73 students who have held NACME Scholarships. This paper looks at the NACME program lessons learned, the retention of the NACME cohorts relative to non-minority students and to minority students who did not attend the NACME program, the academic achievement of the students, and areas of the program which could improve. The paper includes the summary of the semester evaluations submitted by the students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Pittsburg, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2008Jun 24 2008


Other2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburg, PA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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