June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Community Engagement Division
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Developing Best Practices for an Undergraduate STEM Summer Research Program in a Government Institution through a Higher Education PartnershipAbstractThe Southwestern Ohio Consortium for Higher Education (SOCHE) has managed the yearlongstudent internship program at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and otherorganizations since 1986. More recently, SOCHE began managing the AFIT Summer ResearchProgram, adding new learning opportunities to undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines.SOCHE has employed nearly 1,000 STEM students in the past 25 years. During this time, aformal assessment tool was not distributed to measure the impact of the research experience onthe students.We present a new higher education partnership launched in 2012 intended to transform theundergraduate Summer Research Program at AFIT. The project is an effort to find solutions toimprove a long-standing summer research program. A partnership among AFIT, the LEADER(Launching Equity in the Academy across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region) Consortium, andSOCHE was established to assess the students’ experiences and to inform future experiencesbased upon the results of surveys conducted during the 2012 Program.As part of the 2012 Program, SOCHE introduced an assessment tool in an effort to betterunderstand the needs of the 49 students. SOCHE asked students to complete a pre survey whenthe program was in session (response rate: 67%) and a post survey following the program(response rate: 50%). The overarching goal is to use the tool to improve the Program. A secondgoal is to use the data to make ongoing improvements to the yearlong internship program.This paper will describe the importance of forming higher education partnerships and thenecessity that partnerships have in informing best practices in workforce development. We willprovide background on why the partnership was crucial in the assessment of the 2012 Program.Results and findings of the assessment of the 2012 Program will also be discussed.
Drennan, J., & Lanzerotti, M. Y., & Varga, M., & Creighton, S. J., & Langley, D., & Cahill, D. L. (2013, June), Developing Best Practices for an Undergraduate STEM Summer Research Program in a Government Institution through a Higher Education Partnership Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19409
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