(372u) Assessing Preparedness of Transfer Students into Chemical Engineering in Comparison to Their Peers

Simson, A. - Presenter, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Biddinger, E., City College of New York
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, in the 2015-2016 academic year, 49% of students completing a bachelor’s degree (at a four year institution) had enrolled in a two-year public institution at some point. In this study, we compared the perceived readiness of community college transfer students in Chemical Engineering with those of students who have completed all undergraduate coursework at the home institution. Students in both groups were asked to reflect on how confident they felt in specific areas of chemistry, math, engineering, and study skills as they began their first chemical engineering courses. By identifying areas that community college (or traditional students) have more or less confidence, we can tailor curriculum or mentoring plans at either the community college or the 4-year institution. We will present recommendations on improving readiness of transfer and non-transfer students to start their chemical engineering curriculum with the ultimate goal being to increase the likelihood of completion of the degree and professional success.