STEM Institute for Student Success and Retention

STEM Institute for Student Success and Retention

June 10 - 12, 2020 | Eastern Time

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

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Overview

Many institutions struggle to attract and retain STEM students, especially from within historically marginalized populations. Furthermore, many 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. Creative improvements to curriculum and student support systems tailored specifically to the STEM disciplines can significantly help to retain students. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking a toll on student retention—compounded by the disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on communities of color—this content is more relevant than ever.

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

 

Post-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 student success staff who interact directly with STEM students and who aim to improve student persistence and success.

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

 

Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Conference to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

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The Academic Impressions Virtual Conference Experience

Our virtual conferences go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these new programs are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. As higher education strives to adapt rapidly to the shifting crisis, connecting with your peers who are experiencing similar challenges can be the best use of your professional development time.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions
  • Access to an online conference hub — one-stop shop for presentation materials, attendee introductions, worksheets, supplemental reading, videos, and other resources

See What Our Attendees are Saying

"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."

- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University

“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”

- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College

AGENDA

Day One | June 10, 2020 (Eastern Time)

 

Tech Check and Meet & Greet
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Welcome and Introductions
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 


 

Turning Retention Opportunities into Programs
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Our faculty will share examples of new program models to help align current and new retention efforts.

WORKBOOK REFLECTION: Through a series of reflection questions and chats, you will take steps to turn your data results into a well thought out program plan.

 


 

Break
12:45 - 1:00 p.m.

 


 

Redesigning Curriculum to Address Bottleneck Courses
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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.

ACTIVITY: Through the interactive “Uncork Your Bottleneck” activity you will identify some of the causes of one troublesome course bottleneck on your campus and propose potential solutions.

 


 

Break
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

 


 

Proactively Preparing Incoming Students
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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.

ACTIVITY AND WEBCAM CHAT: How can you leverage your first-year curriculum and faculty talent in the preparation and recruitment of incoming high school students?

 


 

Break
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

 


 

Inclusive Learning Pedagogies for Student Success in STEM
3:45 - 4:45 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.

TEAM CHALLENGE: You will explore the ways in which SCALE-UP and other “active learning” pedagogies promote inclusive and effective learning in STEM classes through data, example, and a “Cereal Science” team challenge.

 


 

Ask an Instructor/Virtual Networking
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
This is your chance to connect with other attendees, share resources informally, and get access to conference instructors.

 


Day Two | June 11, 2020 (Eastern Time)

 

Tech Check and Sign-in
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Recap and Review
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.
We will open the second day with an opportunity to share your insights and answer any remaining questions from the day before.

 


 

Student Support Services for Underrepresented Populations
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
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.

CASE STUDY: 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.

 


 

Break
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

 


 

Fostering Institutional Change in STEM through Empowering Faculty
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Even with strong support from leadership and administration, crucial work of improving student success and equity in STEM resides with the faculty who—too often—are regarded with the same deficit mindset that we aim to eliminate in our perceptions of students.

CASE STUDY: 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.

 


 

Break
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

 


 

Promoting Student Success through Building Community in STEM
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
A key element of successful, inclusive STEM programs is a strong sense of STEM community cultivated within and beyond the classroom.

WORKBOOK REFLECTION AND WEBCAM CHAT: Through a series of reflections and chats, you will explore how to foster environments where 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.

 


 

Break
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

 


 

Rethinking 2-year/4-year Partnerships
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
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.

WORKBOOK REFLECTION AND WEBCAM CHAT: 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
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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 | June 12, 2020 (Eastern Time)

 

Tech Check and Sign-in
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Recap and Review
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.
We will open the third day with an opportunity to share on insights and answer any remaining questions from the previous two days.

 


 

Models for Recruiting Underrepresented Students
12:15 - 1:00 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.

WEBCAM CHAT: You will hear several models of how institutions have impacted recruiting and enrollment for underrepresented groups in STEM fields and have a chance to share your own institution’s accomplishments.

 


 

Break
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

 


 

Evaluating Programmatic Success
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
This final conference session will focus on strategies for using data to help you evaluate the success of your current STEM retention programs.

WORKBOOK REFLECTION AND WEBCAM CHAT: Through a series of guided worksheets and discussions, you will identify strategic next steps in your assessment strategy to make decisions about which programs to scale up, adjust, downsize, or cut altogether.

 


 

Final Q&A, Wrap Up, and Evaluation
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

 


 

Break for Post-Conference Attendees
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

 


Post-Conference Workshop

 

Space Matters: Designing STEM Learning Environments that Foster Inclusion and Student Success
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary pedagogies, curricula, and cultures that promote inclusion and student success in STEM require consideration of the built environments that support them. We will examine 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.

DESIGN CHALLENGE: Though a series of creative activities and discussions you will explore how your STEM facility project might improve student learning, retention, and success.

SPEAKERS

Melissa Dagley

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.

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).

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Nate Klingbeil

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).

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Alycia Marshall

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.

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Erin Pitts

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.

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Jill Sible

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.

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