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Summary Results from Seven Years of LaTechSTEP: A High School Teacher Development and Student Recruiting Program

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Linking K-12 to Post-secondary

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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25.1209.1 - 25.1209.9



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Kelly B. Crittenden Louisiana Tech University Orcid 16x16

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Kelly Crittenden earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He currently serves as an Associate professor of engineering within the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech. Crittenden's primary focus is on multidisciplinary engineering education, curriculum development, and product development.

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James D. Nelson Louisiana Tech University

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Galen E. Turner III Louisiana Tech University


Jane A. Petrus Louisiana Tech University

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Jane Petrus is the Student Success Specialist for the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. In her role, she assists engineering and science students in academic advising, career planning, and more. She also helps coordinate K-12 outreach programs like TechSTEP. Petrus has a degree in mechanical engineering and spent two years working for the Dow Chemical Company before working at Louisiana Tech University.

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XXXXXSTEP: Outcomes from a seven-year study of a high school recruitment programThis paper will present several outcomes of ___________ University’s ______STEP program.This program was initially piloted during the 2005-06 academic year with one high school andhas grown to twelve high schools during the 2011-12 academic year. In 2007, NSF funding wasawarded for the further development of _______STEP. Over 340 students and over 50 teachersfrom 17 high schools have participated in this program since its inception. ________STEP hastwo primary goals 1) to recruit new STEM majors to __________ University, and 2) to buildrelationships between university faulty and regional high school teachers.The mechanics of the ______STEP program have been presented in previous publications;therefore, only a brief overview of the program logistics will be presented in this paper. Instead,this paper will focus on the outcomes of the project and will quantify the effect of _____STEPon STEM enrollment and on university faculty/high school teacher collaboration.Enrollment data will be analyzed to determine the effect of _______STEP on STEM enrollmentat ______________ University. Additionally, the performance of students who enroll in STEMafter completing _______STEP will be compared with STEM students who did not participate in__________STEP. Retention rates of these students will be compared with their peers who didnot participate in ________STEP. Data will be presented by gender, ethnicity, and rural vs.urban high school setting. On a larger scale, STEM enrollment trends for _________ Universitywill be discussed.In order to attempt to measure the effect of _____STEP on the teachers themselves, this paperwill compare student performance from schools that participated in ________STEP with theperformance of students from schools which did not participate. Performance indicators willinclude overall GPAs, topic specific GPAs, and retention in a STEM major. Another measure ofthe effect on teachers will be the number of other ________________ University sponsoredprograms that the teachers attend. Qualitative responses from the teachers themselves will alsobe presented.An additional outcome of the _________STEP program has been several spin-off projects. Theseprojects will be briefly discussed. Although not a primary goal of ________STEP, these newprograms have provided alternative paths to the realization of the primary goals of________STEP: 1) increasing STEM enrollment, and 2) building relationships with regionalhigh school teachers.

Crittenden, K. B., & Nelson, J. D., & Turner, G. E., & Petrus, J. A. (2012, June), Summary Results from Seven Years of LaTechSTEP: A High School Teacher Development and Student Recruiting Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21966

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