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Board 2: A Case Study of Community College Transfer and Success in a 2+2 Program

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Kathleen Alfano College of the Canyons

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Kathleen Alfano has a Ph.D. from UCLA in Higher Education with a cognate in administration and evaluation. Her B.S. is in chemistry and she worked as an analytical chemist in industry before pursuing a career in education. She served as founder and Director of the California Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) based at College of the Canyons from 1996 to 2016. Retired from College of the Canyons in November 2016, she is an Emeritus Professor and also former Dean of Professional Programs and Academic Computing. She currently acts as co-PI for the CREATE NSF ATE Renewable Energy Support Center and as PI of a NSF ATE targeted research project. Dr. Alfano served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and co-lead of the ATE program in 2007-2008. Dr Alfano also was the only community college representative on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries which released their report in March 2013.

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NSF ATE CREATE Targeted Research Study A Case Study of Community College Transfer and Success in a 2+2 Program NSF ATE grant #1445841

Overview of the Research Study: The goal of this NSF ATE research project was to investigate, analyze, and disseminate the student success of the up to 27,000 students who have completed at least one NSF CREATE consortium-funded course and to better assess the impact of over 12 years of NSF ATE Center funding. In 2016-2017, the research analyzed the significant progress to degree and retention and certificate and degree attainment by community college. This was reported at ASEE 2017 annual conference. In the 2017-2018 research, a case study has been conducted on the 12 years of progress in transferring and graduating students from 30 community colleges to a California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) program, a program which was developed under the CREATE NSF grant funds.

As part of this research study on the effectiveness and success of programs under these 12 years of NSF funding, CREATE studied the success of the program after four year (in 2009, which led to the program being moved from Extended Education to a Master Plan regular catalogue program) and then again contacted CSUCI faculty eight years after the previous decision point to see if the program continued to act as a strong 2+2 pathway for student achievement in information technology. The following two factors were studied: 1) student matriculation data: headcount enrollment by community college and by year; matriculation patterns of students from the five closest community colleges, four of which were original CREATE schools and 2) student success and completion/graduation data.

Alfano, K. (2018, June), Board 2: A Case Study of Community College Transfer and Success in a 2+2 Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29979

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