Summary of Desired Topics for Panel I

Characteristics of Freshman and Transfer Students



  1. How best to classify student characteristics of three general areas: technical skills, maturity level, and emotional/social skills.


  1. Which characteristics cause a student to succeed or fail in engineering?


  1. What characteristics cause a top student to drop out of engineering?


  1. How can adverse characteristics be identified, addressed, and possibly changed?


  1. How to meet the wide range of skill level characteristics so that the scholar is challenged while the promising provisional student is not “scared away”.


  1. How to help the student make the transition in maturity from a high school to university environment so that they learn responsibility for their education.


  1. How to help the student build a network of friends and faculty to enhance their social skills.


  1. How to accommodate the special characteristics of the transfer and non-traditional student.