STEM Institute for Student Success and Retention

STEM Institute for Student Success and Retention

June 10 - 12, 2020
 
Denver, CO

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Coronavirus update: To ensure the safety of participants and speakers, this program has been changed to a virtual conference. Current registrants will participate virtually. All-inclusive members can participate for free. Registration details will be provided soon.

 

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Learn practical, holistic solutions for STEM student success from experts in the field.

Many institutions struggle to attract and retain STEM students, especially from within historically marginalized populations. Furthermore, incoming STEM students enter higher education under-prepared to handle the rigor of academic programs, with many opting to find new degree paths or leaving the institution entirely. However, creative improvements to curriculum and student support systems tailored specifically to the STEM disciplines can significantly help to retain students.

Join us for a comprehensive program that offers practical solutions to the unique challenges facing STEM students. Our expert instructors will share innovative solutions including:

  • Tailored student support systems
  • Inclusive teaching and learning experiences
  • Holistic approaches to recruit and retain underrepresented students

During this conference, you’ll have the chance to participate in two breakout sessions to dive deep into some of the most pressing topics within STEM student retention. Check out the full agenda for more details.

 

Breakout Session 1

Option 1: Student Support Services for Underrepresented Populations

Option 2: Fostering Institutional Change in STEM through Empowering Faculty

 

Breakout Session 2

Option 1: Promoting Student Success through Building Community in STEM

Option 2: Rethinking 2-year/4-year Partnerships

Pre-Conference Workshop

Space Matters: Designing STEM Learning Environments that Foster Inclusion and Student Success
Contemporary pedagogies, curricula, and cultures that promote inclusion and student success in STEM require consideration of the physical environments that support them. In this session, you and your peers will examine the elements of 21st century STEM learning environments and the strategies employed to bring key stakeholders and resources together to successfully execute a STEM facilities project. Both new construction and renovation projects will be considered.

Who Should Attend

STEM academic administrators will benefit from strategies presented on developing and implementing initiatives that promote student success. This conference will also be valuable for faculty and academic support staff who interact directly with students and who aim to improve student persistence and success.

We encourage you to attend as teams to benefit from the shared training experience.

“I was so glad to find a STEM retention conference. The focused programming has been very helpful and will really kick-start our planning for an effective recruitment plan.”

- Diana Garza, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Boise State University

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“At the end of the two-day session, I had a list of impactful adjustments I could make to my current initiatives that would immediately improve outcomes with little to no need for extra resource allocation.”

- Dr. Vennie Filippas, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

“It is so helpful to have time to immediately discuss what excites us and what data and resources we need to prioritize ideas.”

- Liz Wolfinger, Dean, Meredith College

“This is the best higher ed conference I have been to! I appreciated the small groups, informative speakers and above all, the application of the content to each participant's institution and role.”

- Molly Weisshaar, Academic Success Coordinator, Colorado State University

Agenda

Your registration for the event includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, the networking reception on Day One, breakfast and lunch on Day Two, breakfast on Day Three, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
Please note that breakfast and lunch on Day One will only be provided to pre-conference workshop attendees.

Day One
Pre-Conference Workshop

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Pre-Conference Workshop: Space Matters: Designing STEM Learning Environments that Foster Inclusion and Student Success

Contemporary pedagogies, curricula, and cultures that promote inclusion and student success in STEM require consideration of the built environments that support them. In this session, you will learn through example the elements that characterize 21st century STEM learning environments and the strategies employed to bring key stakeholders and resources together to successfully execute a STEM facilities project. Both new construction and renovation projects will be considered.

 


Main Conference

12:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Turning Retention Opportunities into Programs

This first session will allow you to start examining current and potential programming options that will serve your retention plan. Our faculty will share examples of new program models to help align current and new efforts.

 


 

Redesigning Curriculum to Address Bottleneck Courses

One of the biggest challenges in STEM retention is helping students succeed through first- and second-year bottleneck courses like math and chemistry. We’ll explore innovative models for redesigning STEM curriculum to remove the challenging course sequences that cause retention setbacks.

 


 

Working Session and Coaching Time

During this session, you will have the opportunity to consider the ideas you have heard in Day 1 and begin to prioritize your institution’s specific needs in collaboration with our expert faculty.

 


 

Networking Reception

This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have some refreshments on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch-up with attendees and speakers whom you may not have connected with yet.


Day Two

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Proactively Preparing Incoming Students

Underprepared students entering the rigor of post-secondary STEM education pose challenges for faculty, deans, and all student support staff. Waiting on these students to arrive and then trying to accommodate them will deflate both resources and student motivation. We will examine new approaches to secondary intervention and bridge programs to better prepare incoming STEM students.

 


 

Inclusive Learning Pedagogies for Student Success in STEM

The success of all STEM students, particularly those historically underserved in STEM fields, depends on classroom and laboratory experiences that are engaging and inclusive. In this interactive session, you will explore through data, example, and practice the ways in which SCALE-UP and other “active learning” pedagogies promote inclusive and effective learning in STEM classes.

 


 

Breakout Session 1

Option 1: Student Support Services for Underrepresented Populations
This session is designed to provide ideas for partnering with other institutions and industries and providing resources to increase retention in STEM areas for underrepresented students. You'll hear from our experts about how one institution developed a program that provides financial assistance, mentoring, field trips to 4-year institutions, site visits to engineering companies, and access to additional resources aimed at supporting retention efforts for engineering students from underrepresented populations.

 

Option 2: Fostering Institutional Change in STEM through Empowering Faculty
Even with strong support from leadership and administration, the most crucial work of improving student success and equity in STEM resides with the faculty. Yet too often, faculty are regarded with the same deficit mindset that we aim to eliminate in our perceptions of students. In this session, you will learn how to move beyond faculty development toward faculty empowerment using evidence-based approaches to bring about lasting pedagogical, curricular, and cultural changes. Examples including work funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Initiative will be shared.

 


 

Breakout Session 2

Option 1: Promoting Student Success through Building Community in STEM
A key element of successful, inclusive STEM programs is a strong sense of STEM community cultivated within and beyond the classroom. In STEM communities, students find support systems and cultivate STEM identities that foster resilience and persistence. You will explore models of successful programs including integrated science curricula, living learning communities, and cohort programs to identify opportunities for cultivating STEM communities on your own campus.

 

Option 2: Rethinking 2-year/4-year Partnerships
Both 2-year and 4-year institutions benefit when they have strong support systems in place for transferring students. By closely partnering with nearby institutions, STEM programs can develop tightly aligned articulation agreements as well as provide social/emotional support for transferring students. In this discussion, you will have the chance to explore how to build a STEM partnership between 2-year and 4-year institutions, mutually benefiting enrollment and completion rates.


 

Working Session and Coaching Time

We will give you the opportunity to revisit your goals from Day 1 and integrate your takeaways from Day 2 while receiving coaching from our expert faculty.

 


Day Three

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Models for Recruiting Underrepresented Students

One of the key factors in getting students to enroll in STEM programs is making certain that they can see themselves being academically and socially successful in these fields. This includes having faculty and peer-mentors from diverse backgrounds so that students feel connected to the program. In this hour, you will hear several models of how institutions have impacted recruiting and enrollment for underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

 


 

Evaluating Programmatic Success

This final conference session will focus on strategies for using data to help you evaluate the success of your current STEM retention programs in order to make decisions about which programs to scale up, adjust, downsize, or cut altogether.

Speakers

MelissaDagley

Melissa Dagley

Executive Director, Center for Initiatives in STEM, University of Central Florida

Dr. Melissa Dagley serves as PI of the NSF-funded STEP 1b program “Convincing Outstanding-Math-Potential Admits to Succeed in STEM (COMPASS),” and Director for the formerly NSF-funded “EXCEL:UCF-STEP Pathways to STEM: From Promise to Prominence.” She is a Co-PI for the Girls EXCELling in Math and Science (GEMS) and WISE@UCF industry funded women’s mentoring initiatives.

Read Melissa's full bio here.

Steven P. Girardot

Steven P. Girardot

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Girardot has extensive background in student transition, retention, and success. Steven’s experience includes serving as the founding director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Academic Success and co-chairing Georgia Tech’s Complete College Georgia Steering Committee. He also served as the Director of the Office of Success Programs; Assistant Director for TA and Graduate Student Programs at Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL); and Program Coordinator at Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC).

Read Steven's full bio here.

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Nathan Klingbeil

Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Wright State University

Dr. Nathan Klingbeil is the lead investigator for Wright State’s National Model for Engineering Mathematics education, which has been supported by over $5.0M in grants from the National Science Foundation. He held the university title of Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching from 2005-2008, and served as the college’s Director of Student Retention and Success from 2007-2009. He has received numerous awards for his work in engineering and STEM education, and was named the 2005 Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Read Nathan's full bio here.

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Dr. Alycia Marshall

Associate Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs, Full Professor of Mathematics, Anne Arundel Community College

Dr. Alycia Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bowie State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her teaching experience includes three years of high school mathematics and 18 years of college-level mathematics. She also spent five years as the Department Chair of Mathematics at AACC, supervising up to 30 full-time and 90 part-time mathematics faculty.

Read Alycia's full bio here.

ErinPitts

Erin Pitts

Bridges to Baccalaureate & S-STEM Grants, Front Range Community College

Erin has worked for access and success in higher education for 15 years. She has experience with GEAR UP, TRiO, former foster youth, and degree mapping for completion. Erin currently serves as the Success Coach for Bridges to Baccalaureate (B2B) at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Fort Collins, CO. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the S-STEM Grant called Wolves to Rams Scholars.

Read Erin's full bio here.

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Jill Sible

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Virginia Tech

In dual roles as a faculty member and administrator, Jill introduced her campus to the SCALE-UP concept and spearheaded the design and construction of SCALE-UP classrooms and adoption of the associated pedagogy at Virginia Tech. She has led over $10M in sponsored research projects including $8M in STEM education grants. Jill is currently the lead investigator for Jill is currently the lead investigator for a $1M Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Grant and is a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences.

Read Jill's full bio here.

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