Engineering students take a variety of paths in the academic careers. As part of the
Academic Pathways Study (under the umbrella of the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of
Engineering Education), my colleagues and I are seeking a comprehensive account of how people
become engineers by exploring key engineering education questions around skills and identity
development. We are particularly interested in building upon knowledge related to persistence in
undergraduate engineering education in the United States.
As part of APS, we will be deploying a 10-minute online survey at over 20 American universities
in January and February of 2008. More information about the survey, APPLES - Academic Pathways
of People Learning Engineering Survey - can be found at
D. Chubin, K. Donaldson, B. Olds, L. Fleming (2008) "Educating Generation Net—Can U.S. Engineering
Woo and Win the Competition for Talent?", Journal of Engineering Education, 97(3), July, pp 245-257.
K.M. Donaldson, H. Chen, G. Toye, M. Clark, S. Sheppard (2008) "Scaling Up:
Taking the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES) National",
Frontiers in Education Conference ,
Saratoga Springs, NY, October 22-25.
H. Chen, K. Donaldson, O. Eris, D. Chachra, G. Lichtenstein,
S. Sheppard, G. Toye (2008) "From PIE to
APPLES: The Evolution of a Survey Instrument to Explore Engineering Student Pathways". American Society
for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 22-25.
K.M. Donaldson, G. Lichtenstein, S.D. Sheppard (2008), “Socioeconomic Status and the Undergraduate
Engineering Experience: Preliminary Findings from Four American Universities”, American Society for
Engineering Education Conference , Pittsburgh, PA, June 22-25.
K.M. Donaldson, H.L. Chen, G. Toye and S.D. Sheppard (2007),
"Targeting Undergraduate Students for Surveys: Lessons from the Academic Pathways of People
Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES)", Frontiers in Engineering Education,
K. Donaldson and S. Sheppard (2007) "A Snapshot of American Undergraduate Engineering Institutions:
National Sampling for the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES)". CAEE
Technical Report Series. CAEE-TR-08-05. Seattle, WA: Center for the Advancement of Engineering
O. Eris, H.L. Chen, D. Chachra, C. Rosca, L. Ludlow, S.D. Sheppard and K.M. Donaldson (2007),
"A Preliminary Analysis of Correlates of Engineering Persistence: Results from a
Longitudinal Study", American Society for Engineering Education Conference ,
K.M. Donaldson, S.D. Sheppard (2007),
"Exploring the Not-So-Talked-About Undergraduate Pathway: Migrating Into Engineering",
International Conference of Research in Engineering Education ,
K.M. Donaldson and S.D. Sheppard (2003),
"Epals to Enhance Mechanics Learning", International Journal of Engineering Education,
Vol. 19, No. 6, pp. 836-846, DOI 0949-149X/91.
K.M. Donaldson (1998, 2001, 2004) The Engineering College
Survival Guide, BEST (Basic Engineering Skills and Tools) series, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Burr Ridge,
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