1st Edition

Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering

By Jacqueline Fleming, Irving McPhail Copyright 2019
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to isolate specific success factors for underrepresented minorities in undergraduate engineering programs. Based on a three-phase study spearheaded by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the findings include evidence that hands-on exposure to problem-based courses, research, and especially internships are powerful catalysts for engineering success, and that both college adjustment and academic skills matter, in varying degrees, to minority success. By encompassing an unusually large number and range of programs, this research adds to the evidence base for the importance of hands-on exposure to the work of engineering.

    i Preface

    1. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering:

    2. Its History and Mission

    3. Minorities in Engineering: Review of the Literature and Overview of the Study

    4. Performance and Retention to Graduation Rates of Minority Students in NACME Block Grant Institutions: Analysis of Aggregate Statistical Data

    5. Profile of Minorities in Engineering: Analysis of Focus Group Conversations

    6. Profile of Minorities in Engineering: Analysis of Focus Group Mini-Surveys by Gender Within Ethnicity

    7. The College Adjustment of Minorities and Non-Minorities in Engineering

    8. The College Adjustment of Black and Hispanic Students in Engineering

    9. The Intersection of Gender and Ethnicity in the College Adjustment of Engineering Students

    10. Black Engineering Students in Black and White Colleges

    11. Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering: Summary and Conclusions

    12. A Postscript on NACME Scholars

    13. Policy Implications: A Call to Action


    Jacqueline Fleming is a psychologist and independent researcher based in Pearland, Texas.

    Irving Pressley McPhail is Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at The McPhail Group LLC.