A statewide effort to diversify the undergraduate engineering student population

David Jones, Jen Skidmore, Lance C. Pérez, Trish Wonch Hill, Michael Loehring, Emily Griffin Overocker

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Undergraduate engineering education is being transformed at every level of curricular, cocurricular, and extra-curricular experiences which requires an institutional shift in examining and redefining what it means to provide students with equitable access for student admission, and engagement, and success, in student admissions and graduation. Research shows that putting too much weight on high stakes standardized tests is resulting in a misrepresentation of actual student potential for academic success and may disadvantage students from historically underrepresented groups. This is especially true with undergraduate engineering programs where a minimum standardized test score is frequently required for admission. This dynamic is relevant in Nebraska where the demographics of the high school graduates, and in particular the growth of the Hispanic/Latino/a population, is changing quickly. In response to this, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering (UNL-COE) admits students who would not ordinarily be admitted under the college's current guidelines, particularly with respect to minimum ACT score and enacting wraparound state of the art Engineering Support Service (ESS) to provide comprehensive institutional support to alternately admitted students. Students admitted using this alternative screening will receive targeted programs focused on engagement, training, and enrichment activities designed to increase their success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Apr 14 2019
Event2019 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity, CoNECD 2019 - Crystal City, United States
Duration: Apr 14 2019Apr 22 2019


Conference2019 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity, CoNECD 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCrystal City


  • 1st generation
  • Engineering
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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