Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Urban Services - Urban Education
William A. Drewry
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there are common characteristics associated with 226 Hispanic, African American, and White engineering students who persist at predominantly White colleges and universities. A personality profile of minority and non-minority engineering students was developed. Information regarding factors influencing choice of major, university, study, work and extracurricular involvement, possible reasons for withdrawal from college, awareness and satisfaction with student support services and selected academic courses was also compiled. Components of Minority Engineering Programs (MEPs) which are most used or valued by minority engineering students were identified.
Analysis of Variance identified four of the thirty-seven ACL scales that were statistically significantly different between groups. MEP results indicate that students attending universities with formal MEP's in place are more aware of MEP and other services offered by the university than students attending universities without formal MEP's. Engineering Survey results indicate minorities as deciding on college and college major much earlier than their non-minority counterparts. Minorities were employed more hours per week than non-minorities and spend less time studying outside of class.
Collier, Thomas M..
"A Comparison of Minority and Non-Minority Engineering Students on Selected Personality and Program Variables"
(1993). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/dmp0-3k77