June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.903.1 - 23.903.14
METSTEP: Third Year ReviewThis successful National Science Foundation supported five-year STEP program has come a longway in three years. Built upon several years of working with urban community colleges (CCs),this program was built primarily on a one-year preliminary study of a large university workingwith three rural community colleges. Specifically this program has a university and five non-metropolitan CCs working together to increase the interest, retention, and graduation of studentsin engineering and computer science who, before this program, had never interacted withuniversity faculty and students. Females and underrepresented minority students are especiallyencouraged through this program. A large emphasis is also placed on having the students goright on to graduate school upon receiving their BS or BSE. The program includes scholarshipsfor upper division transfer students from these five schools. The program is also supported bytwo NSF S-STEM grants which provide scholarship money for urban upper division transferstudents and scholarship money for four semesters of graduate school. In addition, this past year,urban transfer students were supported with largely with scholarship money provided by aWomen & Philanthropy group.Major accomplishments will be outlined, with an emphasis on the work that has beenaccomplished in the last year. During the second and third years of this grant 14 eligible studentswere awarded scholarships. This fourth year, we awarded 23 scholarships due to the increaseddemand and increased number of transfers from the rural CCs. Last year one of the collegesestablished an engineering program for the first time in the school’s history. Several CCs areadded the option of an Associate Degree in Engineering and/or Science which allows students tobetter prepare for an engineering major and still earn an Associate Degree.This paper will also report on other advances including “METS Pathways” to help the studentsand counselors at the CCs know exactly which classes will transfer for a particular major. Thechallenges that remain and future plans will also be discussed.
Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A., & Hall, R. A., & McBride, P. B., & Bailey, J. H., & Pangasa, R., & Vangilder, C., & Cox, R. (2013, June), METSTEP: Third Year Review Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22288
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