Grit and two-year engineering retention

Dong San Choi, Beth Myers, Michael C. Loui

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This work-in-progress paper describes an exploratory investigation of the relationship between Grit and retention of engineering students. Grit is a noncognitive trait that psychologists have used to predict success more accurately than cognitive traits like intelligence. We administered the Grit Scale in a first-year engineering design project course (n = 465). Using binary logistic regression, we found that Grit was not a significant predictor of retention, but one of Grit's subscales, Perseverance of Effort, was significant for both one- and two-year retention in engineering. Our results suggest that we may be able to improve retention by helping students develop persistence to overcome their challenges and difficulties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2017 - Frontiers in Education, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059195
StatePublished - Dec 12 2017
Event47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2017Oct 21 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Engineering retention
  • Grit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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