Persistence in Engineering Education
 
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 www.applesurvey.org.

 
Related publications

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, Milwaukee.

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 Education.

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 , Honolulu.

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 , Honolulu.

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, IL, ISBN 0-07-228647-4.

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