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Work in Progress - A Design Guide to Retain Female (and Male) Students in Engineering
Proceedings of the 38th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Frontiers in Education Conference
  • Linda Vanasupa, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Katherine C. Chen, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Stacey Breitenbach, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Karen R. Bangs, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
10-22-2008
Abstract

Despite a rich body of research on factors contributing to attrition of women during the college, women continue to be underrepresented in the graduating classes of most traditional engineering disciplines. We present our Four-Domain Development Diagram (4DDD) in an attempt to enable a systems approach to managing all the factors that contribute to retention. This diagram makes explicit the connections between the learners' response factors in the learning environment, including motivation, interest, and ultimately retention. Although we are only three years into our use of the diagrams' relationships, we have seen a lower overall net attrition rate (male and female) from freshman year from ~50% to ~20%, seeing a net influx of female students, from numbers as low as 2 of 44 in the entering freshmen cohort to 6 out of 40 (now sophomores) in that same cohort. In this paper, we present the diagram, briefly introduce the theoretical underpinnings with preliminary quantitative and qualitative data.

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Linda Vanasupa, Katherine C. Chen, Stacey Breitenbach and Karen R. Bangs. "Work in Progress - A Design Guide to Retain Female (and Male) Students in Engineering" Proceedings of the 38th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Frontiers in Education Conference (2008)
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