Mon. June 27, 2011 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
107/108, Vancouver International Conference Centre
Student retention is an important issue that every department and college must face, especially as more states link their appropriations to student retention rates (and shift from entering enrollments). This session will feature six different efforts from five different institutions that contribute to the retention of students as well as special efforts to retain students of differing demographics (gender, race / ethnicity, first generation college students, etc.). It is valuable to note the creative approaches that most enthuse students to continue to study chemical engineering and connect with their discipline, program, and faculty mentors. Personal interactions and sustained communication are themes that arise. In addition, connecting with the students via technology or by focusing on current topics are themes that have yielded success with regards to retention. The efforts at each institution will be discussed separately followed by an open panel discussion on overarching best practices.
Special Session: What Works to Retain Students in Chemical Engineering Programs
Adrienne R. Minerick (Michigan Technological University), Donald P. Visco (Tennessee Technological University), Susan M. Montgomery (University of Michigan), Daina Briedis (Michigan State University), Neeraj Buch (Michigan State University), Jon Sticklen (Michigan State University), Colleen A. McDonough (Michigan State University), S. Patrick Walton (Michigan State University), Amanda M. Portis (Michigan State University), Eldred H. Chimowitz (University of Rochester), Willie (Skip) E. Rochefort (Oregon State University), Keith L. Levien (Oregon State University), Nimir Elbashir (Texas A&M University), Jennifer Condit (University of Rochester ), and Stephen Lindeman (Affiliation unknown)