Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Content Description

1 online resource (ix, 171 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Hal Lawson

Committee Members

Kathryn Schiller, Randy Moulic, Alan Wanger


engineering, engineering design lab, professional education, professional socialization, student agency, undergraduate engineering, Engineering students, Professional socialization, Social learning

Subject Categories

Educational Administration and Supervision


Two national priorities were instrumental in this study of an undergraduate engineering program: (1) Higher education’s roles and responsibilities for the preparation of a workforce competent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and (2) Accountability-related questions regarding the value-added effects of professional education programs on aspiring STEM students. A recent report suggests that policy makers and the public do not know whether current initiatives are accomplishing their goals and leading to nationwide improvements in undergraduate STEM education (Committee on Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education et al., 2018). One reason is that national, state, and institutional undergraduate data systems often are not structured to gather the information needed to understand how well the undergraduate system and institutions of higher education are serving students (Committee on Barriers and Opportunities in Completing 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees et al., 2016).