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Persistence survey seeking the factors that influence student’s decisions

Undergraduate students have recently been asked to participate in a ‘Persistence Survey’, or what factors influence student decisions related to Michigan Tech overall. Conducted by Michigan Tech students Raven Rebb and Kaitlyn Bunker, students are being asked to complete the survey by Feb. 15.

 A group of faculty including Gretchen Hein, Laura Brown, Nilufer Onder and Leonard Bohmann influenced Rebb and Bunker to conduct the survey for data collection.

“We want to know which people and factors influence students’ decisions, and whether there are differences between majors, gender and class year. After getting this information we can then use the results to implement new programs or make recommendations to departments and the university,” said Rebb.

This survey is similar to one that was conducted two years ago. “We would like to complement other research with this study,” said Bunker. The information gathered from the survey will be compiled together. “After the new survey results are compiled together we will present the significant findings to different conferences. In the past we have presented at Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN),” said Rebb.

The survey results could help to improve the university for future and current students. “You [survey participants] are helping fellow and future students when you participate in surveys like this one, the only way we can improve and develop as a university is to find out what is happening now and find out what needs to be changed.

Faculty involved on the study said “It is important for the students to persist in the major that is right for them. College education is a huge investment of time and money and our students deserve the best. We need college graduates who will contribute their expertise to continue to move our country forward.  By better understanding students’ decision making processes, we can help more students make their choice early, allowing them to graduate on-time feeling prepared to start their career.”

To voice your opinion, please complete the Student Persistence survey at (

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