Transfer students: Lessons learned over 10 years

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland

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4 Scopus citations


This paper will summarize the accomplishments of an NSF sponsored S-STEM program for transfer students. This program had 97 students: 41.2% underrepresented minority, 28.9% female, and 60.8% either female and/or underrepresented minority. Therefore, this program overrepresented minority engineering and computer science students in the university by almost double and females by over 60%. All of the students had unmet financial need. The graduation rate of these students is over 95%. Of the students who have graduated, 50% have gone right on to graduate school, an amazing number given that nationally only about 20% of engineering students go directly to graduate school. The accomplishments of this group of students will be compared with the 76 students who went through the first transfer program in 2003-2008. A major difference is in the percentage of students going right on to graduate school. In the first C-SEMS programs, about 40% of the native students went right to graduate school and about 30% of the transfer students. While there are very good rates compared to students not in the scholarship program, these rate are quite a bit lower than the current 50% for transfer students. Program changes will be noted which may have been factors in the differences between the groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
StatePublished - 2014
Event121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014


Other121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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