June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.1169.1 - 26.1169.7
Motivated Engineering Transfer Students/STEP after Six YearsAbstractOver six years ago, an experiment was launched: Could two engineering professors from a largeuniversity in the West successfully interact with five rural community colleges (CCs) in a win-win partnership? The results were successful enough after a one year experiment with three CCs,that a five year effort was funded by the National Science Foundation STEP program for fiveCCs in 2009. The effort is still successful and evolving in spite of administrative changes at allfive CCs. This paper will describe the results of this program and some of the lessons that havebeen learned.Major goals of this program are to interest and encourage more CC students to considerengineering and computer science for majors. Henceforth, in this paper, engineering shallinclude computer science. Next, we seek to facilitate the transfer process for these CC students toa large, Research I university. This also includes encouraging and supporting transfer studentsafter they have transferred. This support includes a center for transfer students, center employeeswho are transfer students to help other transfer students, scholarships, and a two-credit AcademicSuccess and Professional Development Class.The graduation rate is 95%, half of the students are going to graduate school, and the number ofstudents who have transferred from these five schools has increased from 80 to 160 in the pastfive years. This paper will summarize program results for the past six years, including successesand major challenges and barriers.
Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A. (2015, June), Motivated Engineering Transfer Students/STEP after Six Years Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24506
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