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Board 46: Statewide Coalition: Supporting Underrepresented Populations in Precalculus through Organizational Redesign Toward Engineering Diversity (SC:SUPPORTED) Results from Year One

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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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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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Eliza Gallagher Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9579-8777

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Dr. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University, with joint appointments to Mathematical Sciences and Education & Human Development. Her research interests include student cognition in mathematics, development of teacher identity among graduate teaching assistants, curricular reform to foster diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, and development of mathematical knowledge for teaching.

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D. Andrew Brown Clemson University

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Christy Brown Clemson University

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Kristin Kelly Frady Clemson University

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Kris Frady is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Educational and Organizational Leadership and Development and Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University and Faculty Director for Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) and the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES). Her research and experiences include implementation of digital learning solutions, development of career pathways including educator professional development, and analysis of economic development factors impacting education and workforce development.

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Marketa Marcanikova Clemson University

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My name is Marketa Marcanikova in the bioengineering program at Clemson university where my research focuses on the measurement of kinematics of cervical vertebrae using motion analysis. I performed my undergraduate degree in chemistry at South Carolina State University which I believe made me to be a suitable candidate for working on the SC SUPPORTED and allowed me to understand the importance and the necessity of the equal opportunity for all students which will prepared them for the future professional career . I am currently working under the guidance of Dr. E. Gallagher in the research section of SC SUPPORTED team.

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Sez Atamturktur Ph.D. Clemson University

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Dr. Sez Atamturktur Russcher serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research Development and Provost’s Distinguished Professor at Clemson University. Dr. Atamturktur Russcher is a professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences, professor of mechanical engineering, professor of industrial engineering, and professor of civil engineering. Her research, focused on uncertainty quantification in scientific computing, has been documented in over 100 peer-reviewed publications in some of the finest engineering science journals. Dr. Atamturktur Russcher’s research has received funding from several federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as industry organizations and partners, such as the National Masonry Concrete Association and Nucor. She serves as the director of the National Science Foundation-funded Tigers ADVANCE project, which focuses on improving the status of women and minority faculty at Clemson. In addition, Dr. Atamturktur is the director of the National Science Foundation-funded National Research Traineeship project at Clemson, with funding for over 30 doctoral students and a goal of initiating a new degree program on scientific computing and data analytics. Dr. Atamturktur is also the director of a Department of Education-funded Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need project that provides funding for 10 doctoral students. Dr. Atamturktur is one of the four co-directors of Clemson’s Center of Excellence in Next Generation Computing and Creativity. Prior to joining Clemson University, Dr. Atamturktur served as an LTV technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Stanley N. Ihekweazu South Carolina State University

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Michael A. Matthews P.E. University of South Carolina

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Professor Matthews received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1986. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Wyoming from 1987 to 1993, and has been at the University of South Carolina since 1994.

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Robert J. Rabb P.E. The Citadel

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Robert Rabb is an associate professor and the Mechanical Engineering Program Director at The Citadel. He previously taught mechanical engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and his M.S.E. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are in mechatronics, regenerative power, and multidisciplinary engineering.

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Richard H. Roberts Jr Florence Darlington Technical College

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Mr. Roberts has extensive experience in all sectors of industry and education. He currently is the Managing Director for the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center at Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence S.C. As Managing Director, he manages day to day operations, grants writing and a large industry consortium, including an internship program for students in advanced technology programs. Prior to his current position at FDTC he served as Director of Job Placement and Career Services at the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa where he worked with industry and helped place students in internships, apprenticeships, and jobs across a multi-campus system serving 20,000 credit students. He also served Vice President of Family/Children’s Services and Program Development for Lifesteps, Inc a large non-profit in the Western Pennsylvania area. He has served in various executive level management/supervisory positions within non-profit organizations, private industry and education including Penn State University and as a User Analyst/Subject Matter Expert for Lockheed Martin IMS. He has held the held appointed and elected positions of Legislative Affairs Chair for the Pennsylvania Association of Educational Program Personnel, Chairman, Zoning Hearing Board in his municipality from 2003-2007, Elected to the position of School Director in the South Butler County School District (Knoch H.S.) and held that position continually before completed his school board tenure in December 2015. Appointed and served on the Executive Board of the Pa. Midwestern Intermediate Unit #4 and recently held a seat on the West Jefferson Hills, Pa Chamber of Commerce executive board.

Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master’s degree in the Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University. He has completed 18 post graduate credits toward his doctorate degree while attending Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Ikhalfani Solan South Carolina State University

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Ikhalfani Solan is a Professor of Mathematics at South Carolina State University. He received his B.Sc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina. At South Carolina State University he teaches several mathematics courses to engineering students. He is also very interested in the effects of small learning communities on learner motivation, commitment and strategies.
Email: Isolan@scsu.edu

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Ronald W. Welch The Citadel

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Ron Welch (P.E.) received his B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Military Academy in 1982. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1990 and 1999, respectively. He became the Dean of Engineering at The Citadel on 1 July 2011. Prior to his current position, he was the Department Head of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler from Jan 2007 to June 2011 as well as served in the Corps of Engineers for over 24 years including eleven years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy.

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Anand K. Gramopadhye Clemson University

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Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye’s research focuses on solving human-machine systems design problems and modeling human performance in technologically complex systems such as health care, aviation and manufacturing. He has more than 200 publications in these areas, and his research has been funded by NIH, NASA, NSF, FAA, DOE, and private companies.
Currently, he and his students at the Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory are pursuing cutting-edge research on the role of visualization and virtual reality in aviation maintenance, hybrid inspection and job-aiding, technology to support STEM education and, more practically, to address information technology and process design issues related to delivering quality health care.
As the Dean of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University, he has been involved in the initiation of programmatic initiatives that have resulted in significant growth in engineering and computing situating it in the forefront both nationally and internationally.
For his success, he has been recognized by the NAE through the Frontiers in Engineering Program, and he has received the College’s Collaboration Award and the McQueen Quattlebaum Award, which recognizes faculty for their outstanding research. In addition, Dr. Gramopadhye serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and on the editorial board for several other journals.

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Abstract

National data indicate that initial mathematics course placement in college is a strong predictor of persistence to degree in engineering, with students placed in calculus persisting at nearly twice the rate of those placed below calculus. Within South Carolina, approximately 95% of engineering-intending students who initially place below calculus are from in-state. The "Statewide Coalition: Supporting Underrepresented Populations in Precalculus through Organizational Redesign Toward Engineering Diversity (SC:SUPPORTED)," a Design and Development Launch Pilot funded under the National Science Foundation INCLUDES program, is a coalition of secondary districts and post-secondary institutions throughout South Carolina, joining together to address the systemic issue of mathematical preparation for engineering-intending students.

First year results include an analysis of system-wide data to identify prevalent educational pathways within the state, and the mathematical milestones along those pathways taken by engineering-intending students. Using individual data for 21,656 first-year students enrolled in engineering-related fields at public post-secondary institutions in the state, we identified specific pathways with high rates of placement in or above calculus, pathways with balanced rates of placement in/below calculus, pathways with high rates of placement below calculus, and ‘missing’ pathways, defined as those that produce disproportionately few engineering-intending students.

First-year results also include analysis of qualitative data from focus groups conducted at key points along each pathway category to identify factors that do not readily appear in institutional data (e.g., impact of guidance counselor recommendations in selection of last high school math course taken). Broad themes emerging from the focus groups provide additional insight into potential interventions at multiple points along educational pathways. Focus group data also are contributing to the development of a survey to be administered in Year 2 to all post-secondary engineering majors statewide, with the goal of creating structural equation models of the factors influencing major selection and initial college math course placement.

Gallagher, E., & Brown, D. A., & Brown, C., & Frady, K. K., & Marcanikova , M., & Atamturktur, S., & Ihekweazu, S. N., & Matthews, M. A., & Rabb, R. J., & Roberts, R. H., & Solan, I., & Welch, R. W., & Gramopadhye, A. K. (2018, June), Board 46: Statewide Coalition: Supporting Underrepresented Populations in Precalculus through Organizational Redesign Toward Engineering Diversity (SC:SUPPORTED) Results from Year One Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30039

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