We aim to improve inclusion and student success across all science disciplines, and to understand the individual and social forces that drive institutional change.
In prior work with colleagues at Owens Community College, we created the Science Engineering Technology Gateway Ohio (SetGo) program (NSF DUE 0757001) - providing a combination of academic bridging, enrichment activities, and authentic undergraduate research experiences. This directly impacted ca. 700 unique undergraduates, resulting in increases in STEM transfers (56%), retention (20%), acceleration to graduation (ca.1-year), and 6-yr graduation rates. We are currently conducting a study to assess the long-term impact of these activities and welcome feedback from former SetGo alums.
In our current Project SEA Change (Social and Evolutionary Advance of Institutional Change; NSF DUE 1525623) we take a social network approach at multiple levels, to explore the impacts of connectivity and sense making on the primary drivers of undergraduate success viz., student quantitative literacy and faculty adoption of evidence-based instructional practices. In collaboration with our community college partner, we create opportunities for faculty development, administrative interaction, and classroom innovation. Click here to learn more.