Retention of engineering students is a national and international concern, since a globalizing world needs ever more culturally competent and technically adept graduates to fulfill the work force demands of companies operating globally. The data on retention of engineering students agrees that the freshman year is of critical importance; we fi nd that only about 40 to 50% of the students graduate with an engineering degree. The International Engineering Program (IEP) organizes a 10 to 14-day German Study Tour during January break, which is an effective retention tool for students enrolled in The University of Rhode Island’s demanding five-year dual degree German IEP program, working toward a BS in an engineering discipline, and a BA in German.
"Retaining Engineering Students through a January Term German Immersion Study Tour,"
Global Business Languages: Vol. 16
, Article 7.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol16/iss1/7