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11 sorkin,yancy18: Reaping Rewards of Faculty Involvement: Progress Toward STEM Degrees

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This session provided a summary of information and outcomes to date for The Community of Math and Computer Inspired Scholars (MCIS). MCIS is an NSF-funded scholarship program with student support components now in its fourth year at the Community College of Baltimore County. Full-time students in these associate degree programs were eligible for MCIS scholarships: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Information Systems Security, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, and Network Technology. Awardees were also required to have unmet financial need as determined by FAFSA, a minimum 2.8 or higher GPA, and U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien or Refugee Alien status. Awardees re-applied each semester for continued scholarship funding, and could continue to be awarded scholarships for two semesters after they transferred to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program in these eligible fields.

This session followed the 91 MCIS scholarship awardees over the first 3.5 years of this program as they progressed toward their goals of attaining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The role of faculty involvement in attracting and retaining under-represented groups (females, blacks, and Hispanic/Latinos) in STEM fields was examined. MCIS awardee outcomes by participants’ gender, race/ethnicity, and initial mathematics placement level were presented. Student-support structures for awardees include a spatial skills component, student internships, and monthly workshop for awardees and their faculty mentors with guest speakers and panelists. An awardee benefits from program-related interaction with faculty outside the classroom environment were also discussed.

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11 sorkin,yancy18: Reaping Rewards of Faculty Involvement: Progress Toward STEM Degrees

  1. 1. AFACCT ‘18 Conference Hosted by Anne Arundel Community College Session 1.10 January 11, 2018 9:00 - 10:00 am Reaping the Reward of Faculty Involvement: Progress Toward STEM Degrees 1 Sylvia Sorkin, ssorkin@ccbcmd.edu Barbara Yancy, byancy@ccbcmd.edu Community College of Baltimore County
  2. 2. AFACCT 2018 Reaping the Reward of Faculty Involvement: Progress Toward STEM Degrees 2 Sylvia Sorkin, Mathematics Department Barbara Yancy, IT/Computer Science Department Community College of Baltimore County
  3. 3. Community College of Baltimore County  Public, two-year college system with 3 campuses and 3 extension centers  Fall 2015 credit enrollment: 22,179 students 29% were full-time 60% Female 39% Black 45% Pell recipients in 2013-14 academic year 2,200 Associate degrees awarded in Fiscal Year 2015 3
  4. 4. STEM Enrollment at CCBC  From 2010 to 2015, CCBC’s total fall enrollment declined 16%.  However, enrollment in STEM associate’s degree programs increased 43% over that period. The number of STEM associate’s degrees awarded increased 152%.  The largest STEM enrollment increases were in the Network Technology, Computer science, and Information Systems Security programs.  In 2015, 13% of CCBC’s enrollment was in STEM programs. 4
  5. 5. NSF-funded Scholarship Programs  Funded by U.S National Science Foundation (NSF) using H1-B visa fees.  Project goal to increase the enrollment, graduation, and transfer of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at CCBC.  Scholarship awardees must be: U.S. Citizens Permanent Resident Aliens Refugee Aliens http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses/Schools-and- Academic-Departments/School-of-Mathematics-and- Science/Mathematics/MCIS.aspx 5
  6. 6. CCBC MCIS Criteria  Maintain 2.8 or higher GPA  Take MATH each semester until completed all math for major program  Register for, and complete, 12 credits in one of these career or transfer programs each semester of award: 6 Computer Science Engineering Mathematics Physics Engineering Technology Information Technology Network Technology Information Systems Security
  7. 7. MCIS Awards at CCBC  From Fall 2014 through Fall 2017, a total of 91 students received semester scholarships  Awardees must re-apply each semester  Average award has been for 2.5 semesters  Scholarship amount depends on unmet financial need  Awardee must be full-time in semester of award  Selection committee meets in July and January to select awardees for Fall and Spring 7
  8. 8. S-STEM Scholarship Project  Community of Math and Computer Inspired Scholars (MCIS) is an NSF-funded scholarship project at CCBC.  This S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program has awarded scholarships to 91 students (28 Female / 63 Male) from Fall 2014 – Fall 2017.  Spring 2018 is the last semester of awards. 8
  9. 9. Interventions Used  One-day workshop in August focusing on STEM programs  Guest speakers from STEM fields  Optional internships for awardees  Mentoring of all awardees by STEM faculty  Faculty mentors meet at least monthly with their student mentees  Monthly luncheon workshops for awardees and faculty mentors 9
  10. 10. Spatial Skills Testing/Practice  All new awardees must take the Perdue Spatial Visualization Test (PSVT) of 12 questions each in 3 areas: Developments, Views, and Rotations  Those who do not “pass” this test with 70% or higher, are required to practice their spatial skills  Online modules have been created on BlackBoard for them to practice  They can then “re-test”  Passing the test is not required for scholarship renewal. http://www.asee.org/documents/zones/zone1/2014/Professional/PDFs/77.pdf 10
  11. 11. Essex Campus • Spring 2016 – 4 • Fall 2016 – 4 • Spring 2017 – 4 • Fall 2017 – 8 MCIS TUTORS STATS
  12. 12. STUDENT AMBASSADORS • Gain valuable leadership skills • Become more involved with CCBC • Build your resume • Expand network SERVICE REQUIREMENT
  13. 13. PEER MENTORING • Students are required to perform a service. • Homework Lab presents a good option. • Students select 2 hours per week that they sit in the Homework Lab to assist students. SERVICE REQUIREMENT
  14. 14. 91 MCIS Awardees 91 Awardees (28F/63M) 51 Associate’s Degrees 11 Bachelor’s Degrees (17F/34M) (4F/7M)
  15. 15. 37% 19% 38% 5% 4% 91 MCIS Scholars - Race & Ethnicity 0 10 20 30 Black Asian White Other Hispanic Female Male 91 MCIS Awardees Fall 14 – Fall 17 15
  16. 16. Diversity of 91 MCIS Awardees 16 Racial/Ethnic Group % of CCBC Fall 2012 Credit Enrollment MCIS Fall 14 – Fall 17 Number of Awardees % of Awardees White 47% 35 38% Black 38% 34 37% Asian 5% 17 19% Hispanic/Latino 4% 4 4% Other/Unknown 6% 5 5% TOTAL: 100% 91 NOTE: NSF counts Hispanic/Latino separately from the racial groups.
  17. 17. 17 MCIS Awardee Major Programs 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 COSC ENGR MATH PHYS ISS ET IT NT NumberofAwardees All 91 MCIS STEM Awardees by Major and Gender through Fall 2017 Male Female
  18. 18. Awardee Internships  Constellation Energy Summer Internships  NSF Summer Internship at UMBC REU Site: Interdisciplinary Program in High Performance Computing http://userpages.umbc.edu/~gobbert/papers/REU2017Team6.pdf  Others 18
  19. 19. How to Follow-up Awardees?  Mentor email contact  Facebook, LinkedIn  National Student Clearinghouse 19
  20. 20. MCIS Awardee Outcomes 20 Awardee Outcome Fall 2014 – Fall 2017 Number of Awardees % of Awardees Transferred to 4-yr 53 (15F/38M) 58% Graduated (Associate’s without transfer) 11 (4F/7M) 12% Still Enrolled (in community college) 27 (9F/18M) 30% Dropped Out 0 0% TOTALS: 91 (28F/63M) 100% Associate’s Degrees: 51 (17F/34M) 56% Bachelor’s Degrees: 11 (4F/7M) 12% Earned at least one of these degrees: (Associate’s or Bachelor’s) 54 (17F/37M) 59%
  21. 21. Efforts to Increase Transfer Rate  Awardees encouraged to complete bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields  After transfer with 45 credits or associate’s degree, awardees can receive up to 2 additional semesters of scholarship funding  20% of scholarship funds are awarded to those who have transferred  CCBC faculty continue to mentor awardees after transfer  Through Fall 2017, 76 semester transfer awards have been made. 21
  22. 22. Outcomes for 91 Awardees by Gender Females Males Combined Outcome Number of Awardees % of Female Awardees Number of Awardees % of Male Awardees Number of Awardees % of All Awardees Associate’s Degrees 17 61% 34 54% 51 56% Transferred 15 54% 38 60% 53 58% Bachelor’s Degrees 4 14% 7 11% 11 12% Total Awardees 28 63 91 22 Associate’s or Bachelor’s 17 60% 37 59% 54 59%
  23. 23. Early Comparisons 23  Female awardees have earned a higher percentage of Associate’s degrees  Male awardees have a higher percentage of Transfers to 4-year institutions  It is still too early to compare percentages for earning Bachelor’s degrees
  24. 24. Outcomes for 91 Awardees by Race White Black All Other Outcome Number of White Awardees % of White Awardees Number of Black Awardees % of Black Awardees Number of Other Awardees % of Other Awardees Associate’s Degrees 24 69% 17 50% 10 45% Transferred 21 60% 21 62% 11 50% Bachelor’s Degrees 3 9% 5 15% 3 14% Associate’s or Bachelor’s 24 69% 19 56% 11 50% 24 Total Awardees 35 38% 34 37% 22 24%
  25. 25. MCIS Outcomes by Math Placement Initial Math Placement Developmental Level Non- Developmental Level Combined Outcome Number of Awardees % of Awardees Number of Awardees % of Awardees Number of Awardees % of Awardees Transferred 15 47% 38 64% 53 58% Graduated (no transfer) 7 22% 4 7% 11 12% Still Enrolled 10 31% 17 29% 27 30% Dropped Out 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% Total: 32 100% 59 100% 91 100% 25 Associate’s 20 80% 31 57% 51 56% Bachelor’s 4 13% 7 12% 11 12% Associate’s or Bachelor’s 21 66% 33 56% 54 59%
  26. 26. Acknowledgement This research is supported by NSF funding under S-STEM award DUE-1356436. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 26
  27. 27. 27 AFACCT 2018 Sylvia Sorkin ssorkin@ccbcmd.edu Barbara Yancy byancy@ccbcmd.edu Community College of Baltimore County

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