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Building Capacity to Strengthen Student Success

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Jaclyn Marie Esqueda University of Wisconsin - Platteville

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Jaclyn is a Special Programs Manager in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She received her Master of Education degree in Counselor Education-Higher Education Student Services from Georgia Southern University. She is strongly committed to helping all students find a meaningful and life-changing educational experience in an inclusive campus environment.

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Christina Curras University of Wisconsin - Platteville

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Dr. Curras earned her PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of California at Davis. She has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2000, and she currently is serving as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as the Assistant Dean for Student Services for the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.

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This poster submission for the NSF Grantees Poster Session focuses on outside-of-the-classroom services and support for undergraduate engineering students. These supplemental educational experiences contribute significantly to student retention and engagement. The poster will describe several initiatives implemented at a small, Midwestern, STEM-focused campus through a National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant.

The theme of capacity building is all about developing collaborative relationships, leveraging existing services, and growing sustainable informational and programmatic infrastructure on campus. The opportunity to implement many, varied initiatives allows for a multi-pronged approach to improving retention. Assessment of these initiatives can then help to determine the most viable, effective initiatives, which can then be institutionalized to strengthen student success.

The initiatives highlighted in the poster will include a retention center learning space; career exploration industry partnerships; undergraduate research and professional travel; peer advising; peer mentoring; and pre-college outreach. The poster will show the best practices for planning and development of programs, explain assessment methods, and highlight key outcomes.

Esqueda, J. M., & Curras, C. (2016, June), Building Capacity to Strengthen Student Success Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26403

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