Date of Award

Winter 1993

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services - Urban Education

Committee Director

Nina Brown

Committee Member

William A. Drewry

Committee Member

Gregory Selby

Committee Member

Jane Hager

Committee Member

Donald Myers


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.


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