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STEP Grant Challenges and Results: Motivated Engineering Transfer Students From Non-Metropolitan Community CollegesIn Fall 2008, a National Science Foundation (NSF) STEP grant award was made to support acollaboration between a Research I University and five rural (non-metropolitan) communitycolleges (CC). The grant followed a smaller NSF grant which supported the exploration of afour-year school working with three rural CCs.This paper will describe the challenges, lessons learned, and results of the program for its firstyear and a half of existence. The primary challenge was known before the project began: onlyone school is within an hour’s drive of the four-year institution. The other four schools are threeto four hours distant. In spite of this, strong collaborations and interactions are occurringbetween the schools. The paper will describe participation in high school recruitment,presentations in classrooms, student feedback from class room visits, and the usefulness of beingavailable at a table in the student union so that students can come and ask questions. The paperwill also discuss the changes that have taken place in the community colleges to better supporttheir programs in engineering and computer science.In other aspects of the project, we will report on the changes and improvements in the MotivatedEngineering Transfer Student (METS) Center at the university, the Academic ScholarshipSuccess Workshop, an encompassing website, and steps being taken to improve the transferprocess in engineering and computer science.This project is leveraged by three S-STEM grant programs. In the past two years, the retentionand graduation rates of the upper division transfer students have been 95%. This rate is incontrast with the overall 70% rate for upper division transfer males and 60% rate for upperdivision transfer females. The engineering and computer science enrollment in the communitucolleges is up for Fall 2010 and the number of transfer students at the university has increasedover 50% from Fall 2009.
Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Bailey, J. H., & Grierson, A., & Pangasa, R., & Vangilder, C., & McBride, P. B., & Hall, R. A. (2011, June), STEP Grant Challenges and Results Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/19000
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