Boost STEM student engagement on your campus for improved retention and success.
Many institutions struggle to attract and retain STEM students, especially from within historically underrepresented demographics. Oftentimes, incoming STEM students enter higher education underprepared to handle the rigor of academic programs, resulting in higher attrition rates. Even minor improvements in the curriculum, student support, and faculty training can have a considerable impact on retention and satisfaction rates.
Join us for this comprehensive conference to learn how to engage STEM students for success through:
- Tailored student support systems
- Inclusive teaching and learning experiences
- Targeted faculty training initiatives
- Facilities considerations to create inclusive and supportive spaces
This program will combine student support, pedagogy, and rethinking curriculum and spaces in a way that impacts student engagement, retention, and success.
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. Learn how to bring key stakeholders and resources together to successfully execute a STEM facilities project.
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.
Academic administrators and support staff are encouraged to attend as teams to benefit from the shared training experience.
Your registration for the event includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, the networking reception on Monday, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, breakfast on Wednesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
Please note that breakfast and lunch on Monday will only be provided to pre-conference workshop attendees.
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
In this final session of the day, you will have an opportunity to consider the ideas you have heard in Day 1 and begin to prioritize your STEM engagement needs.
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The success of all STEM students, particularly those underrepresented 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.
One of the biggest challenges in STEM retention is helping students succeed through first and second year bottleneck courses. Explore innovative models for redesigning STEM curriculum to remove the challenging course sequences that cause retention setbacks.
One of the key factors in engaging students and retaining them to graduation is having professors who make STEM content exciting, relevant, and engaging and who know how to reach diverse learners. You will learn about North Dakota State University’s Gateways program, an NSF-funded initiative that helped STEM faculty learn key instructional practices that help students be successful. You will gain ideas for shifting mindsets as well as professional development considerations.
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. Participants will examine models of successful programs including integrated science curricula, living learning communities, and cohort programs to identify opportunities for cultivating STEM communities on their own campuses.
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 are able to develop tightly aligned articulation agreements as well as provide social/emotional support for transferring students. In this discussion, you will have a chance to explore how to build a STEM partnership between 2-year and 4-year institutions, mutually benefiting enrollment and completion rates.
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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.
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, make adjustments to, downsize, or cut altogether.
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.
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).
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).
Jill M. D. Motschenbacher
Associate Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, North Dakota State University
Jill’s professional focus involves educational program development and management, instructional improvement projects, assessment program implementation, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational reform, and university-wide administrative initiatives at North Dakota State University. She works to provide opportunities for faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students to advance in individual- and discipline-focused scholarship in the area of teaching and learning, with an aim of creating pathways that lead to student success, professional development, and institutional transformation.
Success Coach, Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, Front Range Community College
Erin has worked for access and success in higher education for 12 years. She currently serves as the Success Coach for Bridges to Baccalaureate (B2B) at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Fort Collins, CO. B2B is designed to recruit and retain more diverse students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, with a focus on transfer from FRCC to Colorado State University (CSU) and involvement in undergraduate research.
Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, Virginia Tech
In her current role, 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 $9M in sponsored research projects including $5M in STEM education grants. Jill is currently the lead investigator for projects funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, all of which focus on increasing success, retention, and diversity among undergraduate programs in STEM.
Maximize your learning experience with a ticket to both the main conference, and post-conference workshop.
- 1-2 registrations: full price
- 3-4 registrations: 15% off each conference registration
- 5-7 registrations: 20% off each conference registration
- 8 + registrations: 25% off each conference registration
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.
Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.
Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.
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