Who leaves and who stays? Retention and attrition in Engineering Education

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dc.contributor.author Aubrey, Timothy en_US
dc.contributor.author King, Robin en_US
dc.contributor.author Godfrey, Elizabeth en_US
dc.contributor.editor Engineering Subject Centre Staff en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:11:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T11:11:02Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2009006890 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Godfrey Elizabeth, Aubrey Timothy, and King Robin 2010, 'Who leaves and who stays? Retention and attrition in Engineering Education', , The Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, UK, , pp. 1-13. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 978 1 907632 09 9 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/16622
dc.description.abstract At a time of high demand for engineering graduates, the mean graduation completion rate of engineering undergraduates in Australia has been identified as approximately 54% (with considerable variation across institutions and sectors). This proportion of non- completions has been viewed as an excessive loss to the qualified workforce of Australia. Broad brush, governmentcollected statistics do not, however, provide the level of detail required to understand who leaves, when and why they leave, and where they go. This paper reports on a pilot study undertaken to precede and inform final decisions on research design and methodology for a multi institutional project seeking to understand and reduce student attrition from engineering degrees across Australia. The aim of the project is to produce guidelines on curriculum formulation and delivery strategies to reduce attrition in engineering programs while meeting outcomes. The pilot study was conducted at an institution which has a relatively diverse range of students, a high proportion of whom study part time, and engineering degree structures incorporating traditional and internship-based degrees. Results from a cohort analysis, tracking pathways to completion or noncompletion of the degree for the cohorts from two specific entry years will be presented. From this analysis, groups of students who 'persisted over long periods', 'switched to another degree' or 'withdrew from the university' were identified and interviewed. Their experiences and stories, were an essential ingredient for a better understanding of the dynamics of retention/attrition and actors which required further questioning before proceeding with the multi institutional study. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher The Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon NA en_US
dc.title Who leaves and who stays? Retention and attrition in Engineering Education en_US
dc.parent Engineering Education 2010 (EE2010): Inspiring the next generation of engineers en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 13 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 139900 en_US
dc.personcode 107475 en_US
dc.personcode 880241 en_US
dc.personcode 101561 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Education en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom Engineering Education Conference en_US
dc.date.activity 20100706 en_US
dc.location.activity Aston University, UK en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 101561 en_US


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