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A Learning Village: Utilizing A Holistic Approach To Create Connections Between Community College Pre Engineering Students And Iowa State's College Of Engineering

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Two-Year/Four-Year Articulation and Cooperation

Tagged Division

Two Year College Division

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

14.43.1 - 14.43.7

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https://peer.asee.org/4590

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Jacqulyn Baughman Iowa State University

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Graduate Assistant and Doctoral Student
Ag & BioSystems Engineering

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Steven Mickelson Iowa State University

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Director, CELT
Associate Dean
Associate Professor
Ag & BioSystems Engineering

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Mary Darrow Iowa State University

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Program Coordinator and Doctoral Student
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

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Lora Leigh Chrystal Iowa State University

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Program Coordinator
Program for Women in Science and Engineering

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Mary Goodwin Iowa State University

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Program Coordinator
Engineering Academic/Student Affairs

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Paul Castleberry Iowa State University

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Student Service Specialist
Engineering Academic/Student Affairs

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Jennifer Garrett Iowa State University

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Program Coordinator
Memorial Union

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Doug Gruenewald Iowa State University

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Program Manager
Vice President Student Affairs

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Mani Mina Iowa State University

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Senior Lecturer
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Randy Jedele Des Moines Area Community College

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District Chair
Communications

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Harry McMaken Des Moines Area Community College

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Instructor
Math/Engineering

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Kevin Saunders Iowa State University

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Program Coordinator
Executive Vice President & Provost

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Randy Smith Des Moines Area Community College

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Mathematics Department

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A Learning Village: Utilizing a Holistic Approach to Create Connections between Community College Pre-Engineering Students and Iowa State’s College of Engineering

Abstract

As part of a 5-year NSF grant, the partnership between Iowa State University (ISU) and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) resulted in the Student Enrollment and Engagement through Connections (SEEC) project. This project is driven by five distinct Objective Teams (O-Teams) with each responsible for achieving specific objectives. These objectives are directly aligned with the project’s goal of increasing the number of students entering and earning an engineering degree at ISU. The SEEC project provided the opportunity to model and build a “learning village” based on ISU’s nationally recognized learning community foundation, and to increase student connections between these Iowa educational institutions. The intent of this paper is to chronicle the accomplishments of one of the O-Teams, the Learning Village Team, in the quest to achieve its overarching objective of “building a learning village that enhances student connections and creates ISU connections for community college pre-engineering transfer students.”

Introduction

In response to the 2006 study by a National Academies committee, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future”1, the SEEC project is vital to our economic success, both at the state and national level, in order to produce more scientists and engineers. A 2007 report published by the U.S. Department of Labor2 states that:

STEM fields have become increasingly central to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth, and long-term strategies to maintain and increase living standards, and promote opportunity will require coordinated efforts among public, private, and not-for-profit entities to promote innovation and to prepare an adequate supply of qualified workers for employment in STEM fields. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2007, p.1)

In reviewing the work of Handel3 and a 2005 National Academies4 report, the team decided to focus their activities on some these recommended approaches to a successful community college student transfer process. With this in mind, the Learning Village Team felt that a key part of success in increasing the number of engineering students from a pre-engineering pool of potential transfer students hinged on building connectivity and a “sense of community”. In our view, these vital connections would enhance community college students’ engagement, and thus lead to an increased likelihood of a successful transfer and transition to ISU’s College of Engineering.

Baughman, J., & Mickelson, S., & Darrow, M., & Chrystal, L. L., & Goodwin, M., & Castleberry, P., & Garrett, J., & Gruenewald, D., & Mina, M., & Jedele, R., & McMaken, H., & Saunders, K., & Smith, R. (2009, June), A Learning Village: Utilizing A Holistic Approach To Create Connections Between Community College Pre Engineering Students And Iowa State's College Of Engineering Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/4590

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