Rising Above the Gathering Storm by
     Building Bridges for STEM Transfers
         from Community Colleges to
         ...
Objective
          • to report on the Belknap Springs Workshop on
                  STEM training partnerships between tw...
Outline
                     • Missouri’s STEM Talent Expansion Program
                     • the ‘two-year to four-year’...
Rising Above the Gathering Storm:
                            Energizing and Employing America for
                       ...
Rising Above the Gathering Storm:
                            Energizing and Employing America for
                       ...
Enrollment of First-time, Full-
                               time freshmen in Missouri
        33000


        27500


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Enrollment of First-time, Full-
                             time freshmen in Missouri
                            33000

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Enrollment of First-time, Full-
                                    time freshmen in Missouri
        33000


        2750...
Enrollment of First-time, Full-
                                    time freshmen in Missouri
        33000


        2750...
Proportion of Students Starting at
               Two-years schools that Transfer to
                     Four-year progra...
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                                 This is a problem
  0.75
                     •      while college enrollment is on t...
Broadening Participation
                        in STEM



                            Data from MDHE Statistical Summari...
STEM Talent Expansion Program




                            A partnership between four Missouri
                        ...
Student-Centered Partnership

                            Research Experiences
                                Transfer Su...
Belknap Springs




           NSF-funded programs to expand the talent pool in
            STEM through interinstitutiona...
Belknap Springs




Friday, February 12, 2010
Workshop Goals
     • Fostering 2-year/4-year Collaborations
     • Creating Undergraduate Research Opportunities
        ...
Our Process
                     • Identify a Vision
                     • Identify Challenges and Features
             ...
Fostering 2-year/4-year collaborations
     Vision: STEM Faculty and Staff and 2-year institutions
        will interact w...
Creating Undergraduate Research
                                      Opportunities

Vision: All community college student...
Ensuring success of STEM Transfer Students

  Vision: That all STEM transfer students from community
colleges will earn a ...
Choosing & Tracking Impact
                                     Measures
           Vision: Define meaningful measurable sh...
Institutionalizing multi-institutional efforts

                        Vision: Successful STEM Talent Expansion
         ...
Next Steps?
       • At what rate are community colleges preparing
               STEM students for transfer?
       • How...
Next Steps?
       • All community colleges and all four-year institutions
               must increase joint efforts (pro...
Discussion

                            Web Portal: http://step.truman.edu
                            Email:      step@tr...
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Rising Above the Gathering Storm by Building Bridges for STEM Transfers from Community Colleges to Baccalaureate Programs

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Increasing the production of STEM degree holders requires efforts to broaden participation in STEM degree programs. Because more students choose to start their college careers at community colleges, we must understand the special challenges they face along the pathway to earning a baccalaureate degree in STEM. These slides communicate the results of am October 2009 workshop in Belknap Springs aimed at understanding these challenges and identifying best-practices in overcoming them. The workshops was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is associated with the NSF DUE STEP program.

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Rising Above the Gathering Storm by Building Bridges for STEM Transfers from Community Colleges to Baccalaureate Programs

  1. 1. Rising Above the Gathering Storm by Building Bridges for STEM Transfers from Community Colleges to Baccalaureate Programs Jason Miller, Truman State University, Jane Roads, Moberly Area Community College, and Jennifer Thompson, Truman State University for the 2010 Missouri Transfer Conference 12 February, 2010 Friday, February 12, 2010
  2. 2. Objective • to report on the Belknap Springs Workshop on STEM training partnerships between two-year and four-year schools, • to understand what is happening in Missouri with regard to training of undergraduates in STEM, and • to invite others to join in the effort to broaden participation in STEM through training that begins at two-year schools Friday, February 12, 2010
  3. 3. Outline • Missouri’s STEM Talent Expansion Program • the ‘two-year to four-year’ situation in Missouri • recommendations from the Belknap Springs Workshop • bring it home to Missouri Friday, February 12, 2010
  4. 4. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (2007) Authored by the Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for American Science and Technology, a joint committee of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine "Without high-quality, knowledge- intensive jobs and the innovative enterprises that lead to discovery and new technology, our economy will suffer and our people will face a lower standard of living. Economic studies conducted even before the information- technology revolution have shown that as much as 85% of measured growth in US income per capita was due to technological change." From the Executive Summary Friday, February 12, 2010
  5. 5. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (2007) Authored by the Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for American Science and Technology, a joint committee of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine Recommendation C: Make the United States the most attractive setting in which to study and perform research so that we can develop, recruit, and retain the best and brightest students, scientists, and engineers from within the United States and throughout the world. Friday, February 12, 2010
  6. 6. Enrollment of First-time, Full- time freshmen in Missouri 33000 27500 22000 16500 11000 5500 Public Four-years Public Two-years Total 0 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 Data from MDHE Statistical Summaries, available online. Friday, February 12, 2010
  7. 7. Enrollment of First-time, Full- time freshmen in Missouri 33000 27500 22000 16500 11000 5500 Public Four-years Public Two-years Total 0 2000 2002 2004 2006 Data from MDHE Statistical Summaries, available online. Friday, February 12, 2010
  8. 8. Enrollment of First-time, Full- time freshmen in Missouri 33000 27500 22000 16500 11000 5500 Public Four-years Public Two-years Total 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Data from MDHE Statistical Summaries, available online. Friday, February 12, 2010
  9. 9. Enrollment of First-time, Full- time freshmen in Missouri 33000 27500 22000 16500 11000 5500 Public Four-years Public Two-years Total 0 Transfers 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Data from MDHE Statistical Summaries, available online. Friday, February 12, 2010
  10. 10. Proportion of Students Starting at Two-years schools that Transfer to Four-year programs 1 0.75 0.5 0.25 Percent transfer 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Based on data from MDHE Statistical Summaries, available online. Friday, February 12, 2010
  11. 11. 1 This is a problem 0.75 • while college enrollment is on the rise, transfers from two-year programs to four-year programs are not keeping pace 0.5 • in STEM fields, the numbers are probably worse • when more Missouri students start college at a two-year institution, Percent transfer 0.25 • how will this affect Missouri’s ability to train more students in science and mathematics for industry? • how will this affect Missouri’s ability to produce teachers of its future scientists and mathematicians? 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Friday, February 12, 2010
  12. 12. Broadening Participation in STEM Data from MDHE Statistical Summaries, available online. Friday, February 12, 2010
  13. 13. STEM Talent Expansion Program A partnership between four Missouri colleges (2004-present). Friday, February 12, 2010
  14. 14. Student-Centered Partnership Research Experiences Transfer Support pics of research, workshops Faculty Development, Interaction Friday, February 12, 2010
  15. 15. Belknap Springs NSF-funded programs to expand the talent pool in STEM through interinstitutional, 2-year & 4-year partnerships Friday, February 12, 2010
  16. 16. Belknap Springs Friday, February 12, 2010
  17. 17. Workshop Goals • Fostering 2-year/4-year Collaborations • Creating Undergraduate Research Opportunities for more 2-year students • Ensuring Success of STEM Transfer Students • Choosing & Tracking Impact Measures • Institutionalizing Multi-institutional Projects Will relay the Belknap thoughts; want to adapt to Missouri’s situation Friday, February 12, 2010
  18. 18. Our Process • Identify a Vision • Identify Challenges and Features • Identify Strategies • Identify Metrics for Assessing Progress • Identify Actions and Agents for Change Friday, February 12, 2010
  19. 19. Fostering 2-year/4-year collaborations Vision: STEM Faculty and Staff and 2-year institutions will interact with STEM faculty and staff at 4-year institutions so everyone is invested in and understands the 2-year-to-4-year STEM pathway. • many institutions are geographically isolated from one another • many STEM courses are taught by part time faculty with no service expectation • too few articulation agreements in STEM • faculty and staff are already asked to do more with less Friday, February 12, 2010
  20. 20. Creating Undergraduate Research Opportunities Vision: All community college students who would like to do research will have that opportunity • difficulty in defining valid research projects, research- like experiences • logistics such as space, supplies, instrumentation, funding, and administrative champion • faculty teaching loads • curriculum Friday, February 12, 2010
  21. 21. Ensuring success of STEM Transfer Students Vision: That all STEM transfer students from community colleges will earn a baccalaureate degree in STEM having every post-baccalaureate opportunity of native four-year students. • 2-year vs. 4-year cultural differences • transfer student “shock” and acculturation time • inadequacy of pre- & post-transfer advising in STEM (career, academic, and general student support) • financial need • student ability to visualize themselves in STEM Friday, February 12, 2010
  22. 22. Choosing & Tracking Impact Measures Vision: Define meaningful measurable short, medium, and long range outcomes for the programs and students. Identify interventions and outcomes. Collect longitudinal data. • great variation between institutions make a uniform data reporting requirement difficult • institutional resources limit the degree to which data can be gathered • there are no feedback-loops in the data-reporting process Friday, February 12, 2010
  23. 23. Institutionalizing multi-institutional efforts Vision: Successful STEM Talent Expansion projects will be fully institutionalized. • the current fiscal crisis and changing institutional priorities • high administrative and staff turn-over at 2yr schools • value in promotion and tenure decisions at 4yr schools • justifying long-term civic and economic good in the face of other potential short-term opportunities Friday, February 12, 2010
  24. 24. Next Steps? • At what rate are community colleges preparing STEM students for transfer? • How are community colleges preparing students? • At what rate are those students earning baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields? • How are four-year schools supporting those students? • What is Missouri government doing to broaden postsecondary participation in STEM? Friday, February 12, 2010
  25. 25. Next Steps? • All community colleges and all four-year institutions must increase joint efforts (programs & policies) to support STEM students for/from transfer • The state should collect longitudinal data on students who pursue STEM degrees and use it to identify bottlenecks to success and best-practices • Institutional funding should be based in part on successful production of STEM students (e.g., by degree, other milestones) Friday, February 12, 2010
  26. 26. Discussion Web Portal: http://step.truman.edu Email: step@truman.edu Phone: 660.785.7252 This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF UBM #0431664 and NSF UBM #0928013. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Friday, February 12, 2010

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