June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Two Year College Division
24.939.1 - 24.939.7
Increase enrollment and retention with NSF S-STEM Scholarship GrantBridgemont Community and Technical College (BCTC), in Montgomery, West Virginia,received NSF S-STEM grant award for $600,000 over a period of five years to establishBridgemont STEM Scholars program to increase annual full-time enrollment in targetedengineering technology and applied technology fields, increase retention of participating STEMmajors from the first to second year, increase the number of participating students who completetheir degree within two years, and increase the number of graduating Bridgemont STEMScholars who become employed in their field or continue their education in their field. Thispaper intends to share the insight gained about issue of retention and enrollment in engineeringtechnology programs from demographics, baseline data and survey conducted solely to learnabout impact of financial and academic barriers on student enrollment and retention during grantwriting process. Demographics and baseline data shows that the communities served aredisadvantaged; on average, 43% of students attending the “feeder” high schools for BCTC arelow-income, and over 65% of entering students require developmental courses upon enrollment.Most of the students require financial assistance, with 76% receiving financial aid. Over 96% ofthe students come from West Virginia, and approximately one-third come from within 50 miles.The survey shows that approximately 84% receive financial aid, 55% stated that a lack offunding at least partially delayed or slowed their progress toward getting a college education, and88% expressed at least some concern over having sufficient funds for college. Many students areemployed: 63% work during the school year for 27 hours per week on average, and 89%expressed at least some concern that employment prevents them from studying and completingassignments. All the details about demographics and baseline data, grant application process willbe shared in this paper.
Baltaci, K., & Thompson, M., & Yuksek, B. Z. (2014, June), NSF S-STEM Scholarship Grant for Engineering and Applied Technology Majors to Increase Enrollment and Retention Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22872
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