Freshman Engineering Students At-Risk Of Non-Matriculation: Self-Efficacy For Academic Learning

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Jeremy Ernst
Bradley D. Bowen
Thomas O. Williams


At-Risk, Freshman Engineering, Self-Efficacy for Learning, Academic Self-Efficacy


Students identified as at-risk of non-academic continuation have a propensity toward lower academic self-efficacy than their peers (Lent, 2005). Within engineering, self-efficacy and confidence are major markers of university continuation and success (Lourens, 2014 Raelin, et al., 2014).  This study explored academic learning self-efficacy specific to first-year engineering students with at-risk indicators.  The at-risk determination was made through trajectory to matriculate, classified by cumulative grade point average of academic studies. An adapted version of the Self-efficacy for Learning (SEL) scale, modified by Klobas, Renzi and Nigrelli (2007), was administered to freshman engineering students identified at-risk and not at-risk of matriculation. Internal consistency of the SEL was analyzed and once deemed satisfactory (Cronbach alpha = .94), item-level outcome comparisons between student subgroups were made for each of the 22 instrument items.


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