Longitudinal contact with individual students as a route of encouraging self-determination in chemical engineers

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It is difficult to have contact with individual students over a sustained period of time due to constrained schedules and competing time demands. However, frequent contact with individuals over time allows advisors to build student strengths in self-determination while tailoring advice directly to changing interests. The talk will highlight advising opportunities from outreach, through retention, continuing to graduation, and post graduate interactions that fit within student progress towards their individual careers. Appropriate advising content for a technically rigorous chemical engineering program will be used as examples of how to motivate students towards exploring options and making decisions that open new doors to professional development. The issue explored is that self-determination comes from inside the student and that confidence in personal evaluation is fostered through directed activities throughout students' time with us. Objectives that readers should be able to meet will be: to have the ability to identify points of contact where longitudinal contact can be encouraged to have the knowledge of how to remove impediments to longitudinal advising through reconstruction of advising duties in larger programs with many staff members, or through directed contact with students in smaller departments To have the ability to link student possibilities to exploratory activities that lead to selfdetermination Students in chemical engineering are generally very strong in academic abilities, but often have not been exposed to a breadth of activities and possibilities that enable them to construct their own paths. Sustained advising contact has led to strong statistically-based success of students who have progressed through our program with approximately 30% of our graduates entering top ten chemical engineering graduate programs, 100% student placement of graduates almost every year, and a host of university-based, state, and national awards going to our students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2009Jun 17 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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