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College of Education Professors Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Thursday, December 17, 2015


College of Education Professors Taryn Allen and Yi (Leaf) Zhang, were recently featured in the IEEE Spectrum, a magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  In the article, Drs. Allen and Zhang address the best way to encourage adult students to transfer from community colleges to four-year engineering institutions.  Community colleges have a large populations of non-tradtional students 25 years of age and older. Allen and Zhang were curious as to what drives this unique student population to STEM and how they navigate their educational experiences and what barriers they face.  The researchers conducted one-on-one interviews with 18 adult students who transferred from a community college to engineering programs with each person being interviewed twice.  Drs. Allen and Zhang found that a desire to understand how things work and solve problems, as well as the prestige associated with engineering, drove adults to transfer from community colleges to four year colleges to pursue a four year engineering degree.

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