June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Two Year College Division
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The STEM Center: Successful Models in Community College STEM EducationAbstract:The STEM Center at XXXXXXX College identified four key obstacles faced by a majority ofour community college students interested in STEM: 1) exponential attrition – the longer thecourse sequence the less likely students are to persist, 2) lack of social and academic integration,3) lack of awareness of academic options, and 4) low self-efficacy – students do not believe thatthey can succeed in STEM.In an effort to address these obstacles and integrate all STEM student support services withinSTEM academic study, we created the STEM Center. Leveraging multiple grants and a varietyof STEM programs and services with a unified vision, the STEM Center now provides a one-stop destination for everything from study groups, tutoring, and club meetings to bridgeprograms (like the award-winning Math Jam), a STEM Speaker Series, STEM specific academiccounseling, STEM career exploration programs for high school students, internship andscholarship opportunities, and STEM faculty professional development.While success of the STEM Center’s individual programs is specifically linked to programobjectives and outcomes, gauging success of the STEM Center as a whole is done through abroad-based examination of four primary indicators: increased enrollment in STEM courses;reduced time to complete STEM course sequences; increased student engagement, retention, andpersistence; and an increase in the number of STEM majors.This paper will examine the exponential increase in minority student enrollment in transfer levelcourses, retention and success rates and explore the driving factors behind these increases. Wewill also outline the STEM Center’s development, highlight the programs and services that areoffered, examine success indicators, and discuss obstacles that have been addressed throughoutthis process.
Camacho, A. M. (2015, June), Successful Models in Community College STEM Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24776
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