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Academic Struggles and Strategies: How Minority Students Persist

Abstract Insufficient progress has been made on advancing the representation of minorities in engineering professions. Our research seeks to identify characteristics and experiences that distinguish successful URM students in order to understand the complex relationships that affect a student’s choices … Continue reading

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Achieving Parity of the Sexes at the Undergraduate Level: A Study of Success

Abstract Most research about women in engineering focuses on reasons for their under-representation. In contrast, we capitalized on an opportunity to study success: the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma had organically achieved parity of the sexes … Continue reading

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A Multi-Institutional Study of Student Perceptions of Industrial Engineering

Abstract In a previous paper [1], we described students’ perceptions of industrial engineering (IE) as a field, but that analysis was based on 26 interviewees from only one institution. In this paper, we expand that set to 117 students at … Continue reading

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I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me: Undergraduate Engineering Students Offer Advice to Incoming Students

Abstract Under the aegis of investigating an undergraduate engineering program’s successful achievement of gender parity, 200 undergraduate engineering and physics majors were interviewed (232 total interviews). Near the end of the conversations, students were asked what advice they would offer … Continue reading

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Industrial Engineering Student Perceptions of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Abstract An opportunity to view three disciplines from an outsider’s perspective has provided some interesting insights. During a NSF funded (HRD-0225228) study of the surprising attainment of gender parity in the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma … Continue reading

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Industrial Engineering: Why Students Come and What Makes Them Stay?

Abstract The relative anonymity of industrial engineering may be a significant reason for the slow growth of the discipline and the relatively low enrollment in industrial engineering academic programs. In order to inform industrial engineering (IE) degree programs of factors … Continue reading

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A Study of Gender Parity: Department Culture from the Students’ Perspective.

Abstract The School of Industrial Engineering (IE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) has an unusual trend of gender parity at the undergraduate level. To investigate local factors contributing to the success of IE at OU, we interviewed 41 IE … Continue reading

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Balancing on the Tightrope: Maintaining Gender Parity in a Successful Undergraduate Engineering Program

Harris, B. J., S. E. Walden, D. A. Trytten, R. L. Shehab, T. R. Rhoads and T. J. Murphy (2005). Balancing on the Tightrope: Maintaining Gender Parity in a Successful Undergraduate Engineering Program. WEPAN/NAMEPA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

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‘Inviteful’ Engineering: Student Perceptions of Industrial Engineering

Abstract Interviews of twenty-six Industrial Engineering students and graduates were conducted during the first year of a three year study of the unexpected attainment of gender parity in the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma (OU). An … Continue reading

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Gender Equity in Industrial Engineering: A Pilot Study

Abstract We report on findings from a pilot study focused on the Industrial Engineering Department at University of Oklahoma where gender equity has been achieved. The study identifies factors that may contribute to gender parity in engineering and science fields. … Continue reading

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Impact of Departmental Sovereignty and Faculty Autonomy on Service Classes for Engineering Majors

T. R. Rhoads, A. Reynolds, M. J. Fleener, S. E. Walden, T. J. Murphy, D. A. Trytten, and R. L. Shehab, “Impact of Departmental Sovereignty and Faculty Autonomy on Service Classes for Engineering Majors” presented at the American Educational Research … Continue reading

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