Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Over 68% of students in the California Community College system come from minority backgrounds, representing an opportunity to accelerate the diversification of STEM industries. However, according to a September 2017 report by the California-based Campaign for College Opportunity, these students transferred at an average rate of only 4% after 2 years or 25% after 4 years. Additionally, a recent report published by the Education Trust indicates that students from historically under-represented backgrounds complete associate degree programs and transfer to four year degree programs at significantly lower rates than their peers. Most often, this is attributed to student-reported difficulties in transitioning from community college to a four-year university.
AvenueE provides a support network that engages students in the last two years of their community college experience, laying the groundwork for eliminating barriers that often prevent retention and timely degree completion at UC Davis through a series of interventions and wraparound services. This initiative improves preparation and increases participation, resulting in a new generation of promising STEM talent and leadership that can secure our nation’s future in engineering, science and technology. AvenueE is designed to be a flexible model that can be replicated.
The primary objectives of AvenueE are to:
· Increase the pool of diverse students qualified to transfer into engineering or computer science programs at UC Davis from partner community college districts
· Implement targeted programs and wraparound support services throughout the students’ higher education careers
· Evaluate success by developing evidence-based best practices for moving students from community college to university engineering or computer science programs, and ultimately the workforce
· Position students to be successful engineering/tech sector employees while increasing the diversity of the candidate pool for the broader engineering/technology sector
· Collaborate with community colleges by providing financial resources to expand capacity in areas such as recruitment, advising, and student support services
· Leverage professional learning communities and cross-collaboration to aid faculty development at UC Davis and Community College levels
Curtis, J. S., & Broome, B. F., & Murphy-Ortega, C. (2018, June), Avenue-E: An Innovative Student Transfer Pathway Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29842
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