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Board # 3 : NSF ATE CREATE Targeted Research Study

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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18

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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 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 in November 2016 from College of the Canyons she is a Professor Emeritus and had also served as Dean of Professional Programs and Academic Computing from 1996-2000. 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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Abstract

NSF ATE CREATE Targeted Research Study

The goal of this NSF ATE research project is to investigate, analyze, and disseminate the student success of 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. A secondary goal is to serve as a model for longitudinal data mining and analysis for the hundreds of other ATE projects and Centers. Measures of achievement include progress to degree and retention, certificate and degree attainment, transfer to four-year institutions, and wage increases and wage levels by technical discipline. As part of this evaluation the research team will identify the best ways to assess student achievement (using College, State, and Federal databases) and to demonstrate successful methodologies to generate and analyze these data, which includes working with a state funded organization to obtain longitudinal data for the project and a state funded tool to obtain wage gain data. Research questions guiding the evaluation include: 1. To what extent did ATE consortium program students successfully complete courses with a grade of “C” or better, not successfully complete individual courses but continue in programs, and successfully complete programs? 2. Do students from ATE consortium programs have higher course retention and success rates compared to students from programs with the same Taxonomy of Programs code at non-ATE consortium colleges? 3. Do students from ATE consortium programs have higher numbers of completers (associate degree and/or certificate) compared to students from programs with the same Taxonomy of Programs code at non-ATE consortium colleges? 4. Do students from ATE consortium programs have higher numbers of transfers to four-year institutions compared to students from programs with the same Taxonomy of Programs code at non-ATE consortium colleges? 5. Do students from ATE consortium programs have higher employment rates and wage gains compared to students from programs with the same Taxonomy of Programs code at non-ATE consortium colleges? 6. Are there difference between ATE consortium programs completers and non-completers in outcome measures (retention rates, success rates, completion rates, transfer rates, employment rates, and wage gains)? 7. To what extent is there a relationship between the number of credit units completed and outcome measures of employment rates and wage gains?

Alfano, K. (2017, June), Board # 3 : NSF ATE CREATE Targeted Research Study Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27824

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