New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The goal of the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) Program is to help ensure students from economically and academically disadvantaged backgrounds are able to complete degrees in either engineering or computer science. Similar to providing a "redshirt year" to talented athletes who arrive at college not quite ready to compete at the collegiate level, the STARS program is designed to provide additional time and resources to students who are admitted to college and yet may not be fully prepared to succeed in a four-year engineering or computer science degree program. To help ensure their success, STARS students obtain additional instruction, high-touch advising ("coaching"), scholarships, and integration into a supportive social structure.
The STARS programs, which was modeled after the University of Colorado GoldShirt Program, is offered at both the University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU), the state's two leading universities. Both schools have a Carnegie classification of very high research activity but, in general, admit students with different levels of prior academic success (WSU is the state's land-grant institution while UW is one of the nation's leading research institutions). Now entering its third year, in this paper we discuss the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the STARS program. We also discuss the aspects of the STARS program that are common across the two institutions and what features are unique to each institution.
Tetrick, K. C., & Riskin, E. A., & Schneider, J. B., & Cunningham, S. (2016, June), Implementation and Assessment of the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) Program Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25556
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