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Student evasion analysis in engineering courses of the experimental campuses at UNESP

Grant number: 15/10315-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2015
Effective date (End): May 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Administration - Administration of Specific Sectors
Principal Investigator:Sandra Cristina de Oliveira
Grantee:Matheus Leme da Silva
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Engenharia. Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Tupã. Tupã , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The Experimental Campuses (EC) at UNESP started their academic activities in the second half of 2003. Eight courses in seven new units established in municipalities at São Paulo state were created through a UNESP Expansion Plan started in 2002. Currently they undergo a consolidation process to become consolidated units, ie with the same academic and administrative structure of the others campuses. In this case, the student evasion is an point to be evaluated and corrected, and it is necessary to comprise and identify its causes, so that the maturity of education is achieved. The student evasion causes social, economic and academic waste, because it jeopardizes the quality of education and, consequently, of research, and of community service extension. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the student evasion in Engineering courses of the EC at UNESP and identify academic factors which determine the evasion. Specifically, it intends to: 1) Collect and analyze descriptive information (or variables) on the students of Forestry Engineering (Itapeva EC), Fishing Engineering (Registro EC), Control Engineering and Automation and Environmental Engineering (Sorocaba EC); 2) Describe a chance of a student to evade of the course as function of academic explanatory variables by means of statistical techniques of multivariate analysis; and, 3) Discuss the factors that influence the student evasion searching corrective and preventive actions to abandon. Expected to identify and to understand the academic factors that influence in the student evasion in Engineering courses of the EC at UNESP and that the results of this work and initiatives generated from them, contribute to the solidification and the strengthening of the engineering courses and the education in the EC at UNESP and thus to the consolidation of these campuses.