Investigating the Future of ‘Engineer of 2020’ Attributes: Moving from Access to Engagement & Sense of Belonging


Terrell L. Strayhorn, Virginia Union University, USA


Using data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), this study seeks to explore the presence and relevance of NAE’s ‘Engineer of 2020’ competencies and key student learning outcomes (SLOs) among samples of undergraduate engineering majors (UEMs). Data were analysed using a battery of statistical tests assessing UEMs achievement of NAE SLOs, the extent to which SLO achievement in NAE domains influence UEMs’ key outcomes (e.g., grades, satisfaction) and sense of belonging. Follow-up tests explored meaningful differences among groups by race, gender, disability status, to name a few. Implications for future engineering education policy, practice, pedagogy and research are highlighted.


Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM); sense of belonging; engagement; race/ethnicity