The Pathway to Academic Excellence and Diversity is Wide

Report
The pathway to academic
excellence and diversity is
wide enough for transfers
Mehdi Shadaram and Kristi Meyer
Center for Excellence in Engineering Education
University of Texas at San Antonio
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Center for Excellence in Engineering Education
Mehdi Shadaram, PhD, PE
Briscoe Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean of Engineering
Kristi Meyer, MA
Senior Retention and Graduation Analyst
Interim Director
The Graduation Initiative
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Today’s objectives
• The University of Texas at San Antonio and the College of
Engineering
• Current trends in university admissions
• COE admissions requirements
• Diversity in freshmen
• Diversity in transfers
• Academic preparation – MATH
• Benefits, challenges, and making it work for transfers
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UTSA
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College of Engineering
• Division of Engineering established in Fall 1982
• BS degrees in CE, EE, ME
• Curriculum built on existing applied science courses
• Approximately 400 students
• First BS Degree Awards in 1984 (12 EE, 1 ME)
• First ABET Accreditation1987
• College of Engineering established in Fall 2000 (Before
2000: College of Science and Engineering)
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College of Engineering
Today
• 4 Departments
• BME, CE, ECE, ME
• 4 Undergraduate Degrees
• CE, EE, Comp E, ME
• 6 Masters Degrees
• BME, CE, Comp E, EE, ME, MFG
• 4 Ph.D. Degrees
• EE, BME (with UTHSCSA), Envir Sci and CE, and ME
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University Admissions
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University Admissions
2005-2007 Freshman Admission Requirements
High School Rank-inClass
Top 10%
Top 25% (not in top 10%)
Second 25%
Third 25%
Fourth 25%
GED, non-ranking or
unaccredited high school
Minimum Combined
Minimum Total
SAT Math and Critical
Composite ACT Score
Reading
No minimum required No minimum required
830
17
870
18
920
19
970
20
970
20
2007-2010 Freshman Admission Requirements
High School Rank-inClass
Top 25%
Second 25%
Third 25%
Fourth 25%
GED, non-ranking or
unaccredited high school,
or home school
Minimum Combined
Minimum Total
SAT Math & Critical
Composite ACT Score
Reading
Guaranteed Admission Guaranteed Admission
920
19
970
20
1020
21
1020
21
Source: UTSA Office of the Registrar
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University Admissions
2011 First-Time Freshman Admission Requirements
Minimum Combined SAT
Math & Critical Reading
Minimum Total
Composite ACT Score
Guaranteed Admission
Guaranteed Admission
960
20
Third 25%
Individual Review
Individual Review
Fourth 25%
Individual Review
Individual Review
Unaccredited High School, Home
Schooled, Non-Ranking High School
Individual Review
Individual Review
High School Rank-in-Class
Top 25%
Second 25%
Source: UTSA Office of Admissions
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Transfer Admissions
Source: UTSA Office of Admissions
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UTSA New Freshman
Acceptance Rates
Fall
2005
Fall
2006
99.4% 90.8%
Fall
2007
Fall
2008
Fall
2009
93.0% 88.0% 86.9%
Source: UTSA Office of Institutional Research
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UTSA Freshman Acceptance Rates
by Ethnicity
Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009
White Non-Hispanic
99.8%
95.1%
96.5%
93.4%
92.9%
Black Non-Hispanic
99.4%
81.9%
83.7%
78.3%
75.6%
Hispanic
99.7%
88.3%
91.5%
85.3%
84.1%
Asian or Pacific Islander
99.3%
94.8%
96.0%
92.4%
92.2%
Am. Indian or Alaskan Native
100.0%
87.9%
96.4%
95.2%
82.5%
International
85.6%
86.6%
88.5%
81.9%
91.8%
Unknown
71.4%
Source: UTSA Office of Institutional Research
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UTSA New Transfer
Students by Ethnicity
Fall
2005
Fall
2006
Fall
2007
Fall
2008
Fall
2009
White Non-Hispanic
40.2%
40.7%
39.7%
39.0%
36.6%
Black Non-Hispanic
7.6%
6.8%
5.9%
7.4%
8.7%
Hispanic
45.4%
46.0%
47.8%
46.0%
46.8%
Asian or Pacific Islander
3.8%
4.5%
3.8%
5.3%
4.7%
Am. Indian or Alaskan Native
0.5%
0.6%
0.5%
0.4%
0.7%
International
2.4%
1.4%
2.3%
1.8%
2.6%
Source: UTSA Office of Institutional Research
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College of Engineering
New Freshman by Ethnicity
Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009
White Non-Hispanic
44.2%
43.4%
41.9%
39.4%
37.3%
Black Non-Hispanic
7.1%
9.8%
7.5%
8.5%
9.7%
Hispanic
36.4%
32.9%
36.0%
36.9%
37.6%
Asian or Pacific Islander
9.9%
10.0%
8.4%
11.3%
10.3%
0.8%
0.7%
0.7%
2.8%
5.7%
3.2%
Am. Indian or Alaskan Native
International
Unknown
2.4%
0.3%
4.6%
0.5%
Source: UTSA Office of Institutional Research
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COE Admissions
Eligibility to declare a
major in the COE is
based on math placement
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COE Admissions
Fall 2008 and earlier
No major specific requirements
Fall 2009 and later
Must be eligible to register for Algebra for
Scientists and Engineers or Pre-Calculus to
declare Pre-Engineering and stay in the COE
Must be eligible to register for Calculus I to
declare a specific Engineering major (CE, ME,
EE, Comp E)
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COE Admission Rates
Fall 2008 and earlier
All students admitted to UTSA who wanted to
declare a major in COE were able to declare a
COE major.
Fall 2009 and later
10% - Direct entrance into COE major
80% - Pre-Engineering
10% - Not eligible for entrance into COE
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How do we maintain the
diversity we want while
increasing standards?
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One key component:
Transfer Students!
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Student profile for COE majors, Fall 2009
Avg
Avg
#
%
Avg SAT transfer UTSA
transfers transfer at entry GPA GPA
Avg
Cum
cum Hours
GPA Earned
#
%
5
0%
2
40%
1097
3.54
2.91
2.92
86
Asian or Pacific Islander
148
8%
34
23%
1077
2.30
2.61
2.44
65
Black Non-Hispanic
Hispanic
International
Unknown
White Non-Hispanic
Total
Female
Male
145
799
115
2
737
1951
233
1718
7%
41%
6%
0%
38%
100%
12%
88%
29
273
39
0
266
643
70
573
20%
34%
34%
0%
36%
33%
30%
33%
1025
1040
1039
950
1117
1071
1040
1075
2.31
2.51
2.19
3.27
2.43
2.44
2.56
2.42
2.45
2.48
2.92
2.41
2.54
2.74
3.27
2.65
2.58
2.69
2.57
64
77
69
11
72
73
76
73
Amer Indian or Alaskan Nat
2.75
2.61
2.65
2.61
Source: UTSA Office of Institutional Research
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Transfer students enhance
diversity without
compromising academic
excellence
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COE transfer students at UTSA consistently
outpace new freshmen in math placement
AND consistently maintain higher 3-point
GPAs.
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Benefits of transfer beyond
diversity
•Maturity, real world experience
•Motivated students
•Determined students
•Focused students
•Better understanding of “college knowledge”
•Math and science preparation
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Challenges with transfer
students
•Conflicting priorities: work, family, school
•Scheduling and course sequencing can be difficult
•Need for more evening, weekend, summer, and online options
•Prerequisites
•Difficult to find full time schedule due to classes being taken out
of the preferred order
•New level of academic rigor and larger classes
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How has UTSA created such a
strong transfer population?
•Strong ties with the community colleges,
especially faculty : faculty
•Strong articulation agreements
•Clearly defined and easily understood requirements
•Widely published standards
•Strong academic advising
•Expanded course availability
•Enhanced tutoring for classes beyond the gateways
•Financial support for transfers, not just new freshman
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Rethink the “pipeline” to a diverse
and academically excellent
population
Expand how you think about the pipeline from
primary education
secondary education
university
TO
primary education
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Contact Information
Kristi Meyer
[email protected]
210-458-6787
This research is sponsored by the
Center for Excellence in Engineering Education (CE3)
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