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Collaborations With Non Metropolitan Community Colleges

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Two-Year/Four-Year: From Articulation to Matriculation

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Two Year College Division

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14.335.1 - 14.335.13



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Mary Anderson-Rowland Arizona State University


Anita Grierson Arizona State University

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ANITA E. GRIERSON is the Director of the METS Center in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU. Ms. Grierson has over 10 years corporate experience in Program Management, Business Development, and Biomechanical Engineering, with products as diverse as air bag systems for helicopters, body armor, and orthopedic implants. She received her Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1990, her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1994, and a Masters in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2000.

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Collaborations with Non-Metropolitan Community Colleges

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland Anita E. Grierson Arizona State University


As the need for more engineers in the United States is becoming critical, the community College (CC) is becoming more important as a place to begin the nurture of more students who will choose engineering or computer science as a career. The Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) accepts about 300 transfers each year. Our research has shown that about half of these CC transfers decided on engineering or computer science (hereafter just referred to as engineering) after they were at the CC. Therefore there is great potential in working with a CC and the high school students local to that college to inform and to encourage these students to consider engineering as their major. Since women and underrepresented minority students are over represented in the CCs compared with four-year institutions, collaborations with CCs also has the potential of increasing engineering diversity.

The Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering has worked with six local metropolitan community CCs for the past six years in encouraging students to select engineering as their major and to remain in engineering. We support the transfer student through an orientation and a special center for CC students on the ASU campus. We employ successful transfer students in the center who act as resource people for new transfer students. The center also provides workshops to help transfer students. We also have an academic scholarship program (funded by the National Science Foundation: CSEMS grant # 0324212 and then S-STEM grant # 0728695) for transfer students which has resulted in a retention and graduation rate of over 90%.

This paper will discuss an exploratory program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (grant # 0836050) taken on by Fulton to collaborate with three nonmetropolitan CCs which lie 60-200 miles from ASU. At present very few students from these schools come to ASU for engineering. We will discuss the primary needs of such CCs as they attempt to build up their pre- engineering programs. Complete articulation agreements already exist with ASU for each CC in the state of Arizona. This collaboration includes a visit each semester by an ASU team to each CC. At least one of these events each year will also include high school students and their parents local to the CC. In this way, the ASU teams help the CC build up enrollment for pre- engineering as well as inform undecided CC students that engineering would be a good career choice. The paper also discusses the ways that support is given to high school and CC students through a mentoring program with engineering students at ASU. Other collaborative efforts will be discussed as well as the barriers that exist at a nonmetropolitan CC in building a pre- engineering program.

I. Introduction

The objective of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering’s Motivated Engineering Transfer Student (METS) Program is to support, encourage and motivate students (especially women and

Anderson-Rowland, M., & Grierson, A. (2009, June), Collaborations With Non Metropolitan Community Colleges Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5766

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