Framework to Enhance STEM Education for Community College Students

##plugins.themes.bootstrap3.article.main##

  •   Abe Zeid

  •   Claire Duggan

Abstract

Community colleges (CCs) play a critical role in advancing the education of all learners. Approximately 40% of first-time college freshman begin in Community Colleges. The proposed framework seeks to support and excite CC students to persist in their STEM education to increase the pipeline for the STEM workforce. Its vision is to provide CC students engineering skills and to excite them about engineering research. The framework enables students to spend 10 summer weeks at Northeastern University to increase skills, confidence, and learn firsthand about research. Each student will join a research lab, working with faculty and graduate student mentors. Also, students will be mentored after summer to further support their successful graduation and/or transfer to a 4-year institution and beyond. The site is guided by two of the grand challenges of the National Academy of Engineering: personalized learning and scientific discovery. Unique aspects of the proposed framework include: a hands-on short course in engineering topics and software tools; formal mentor training including modules for mentoring CC students; daily student meetings with mentors; extensive professional development seminars; formal research training including daily reflection journals, poster presentations and technical writing with a faculty member; and recruitment from a unique pool of highly talented URM students.


Keywords: Four-year Universities, STEM Education, Two-year Community Colleges, Undergraduate Research Experience

References

Anderson-Rowland, M.R. (2016). Understanding How the 4.0 Guaranteed Plan Works. ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Boroush, M. (2020). National Science Board, National Science Foundation. Research and Development: US Trends and International Comparisons. Science and Engineering Indicators.

Chang, M.J., Sharkness, J., Hurtado, S., Newman, C.B. (2014). What matters in college for retaining aspiring scientists and engineers from underrepresented racial groups. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(5), 555-580

Harding, I.C., Mitra, R., Mensah, S.A., Herman, I.M., and Ebong, E.E. (2018). Pro-atherosclerotic disturbed flow disrupts caveolin-1 expression, localization, and function via glycocalyx degradation. Journal of Translational Medicine, 16(1), 364.

Hill, F. A., Havel, T.F., Lashmore, D., Schauer, M., Livermore, C. (2014). Storing energy and powering small systems with mechanical springs made of carbon nanotube yarn. Energy, 76, 318-325.

Jacobs, J. (2001), Community colleges and the workforce investment act: Promises and problems of the new vocationalism. Wiley Online Library, Volume 2001, Issue 115. Special Issue: The New Vocationalism in Community Colleges, p. 93 -99, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cc.34

Liu, S., Martin, C., Lashmore, D., Schauer, M., Livermore, C. (2015). Carbon nanotube torsional springs for regenerative braking systems. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 25(10), 104005.

Mensah, S.A., Nersesyan, A.A., Harding, I.C., Lee, C.I., Tan, X., Banerjee, S., et al. (2020). Flow-regulated endothelial glycocalyx determines metastatic cancer cell activity. FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Journal, 34(5), 6166-6184.

Mueller, A.V. & Hemond, H.F. (2016). Statistical generation of training sets for measuring NO3-, NH4+, and major ions in natural waters by an ion selective electrode array. Env. Science: Processes & Impacts 18, 590-599

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2020). The science of effective mentorship in STEMM.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE) (n.d). Grand Personalized Learning and Scientific Discovery Challenges. Date accessed; http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges/learning.aspx and http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges/discovery.aspx

Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Huie, F., Wakhungu, P.K., Yuan, X., Nathan, A., et al. (2017). Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor's Degrees. Signature Report No. 13. National Student Clearinghouse.

Snauffer, A., Chauhan, U., Cogert, K., Winkler, M.K.H., and Mueller, A. (2019). Data Fusion for Environmental Process Control: Maximizing Useful Information Recovery for Process Control under Data Limited Constraints. IEEE Sensors Letters: Special Issue Multimodal Data Fusion, 3(1), 7102204.

Stolle-McAllister, K. (2011). The Case for Summer Bridge: Building Social and Cultural Capital for Talented Black STEM Students. Science Educator, 20(2), 12-22.

Stolle-McAllister, K., Sto Domingo, M.R, Amy Carrillo, A. (2011). The Meyerhoff way: How the Meyerhoff scholarship program helps black students succeed in the sciences. Journal of science education and technology,20(1), 5-16.

Zaeimbashi, M., Nasrollahpour, M., Khalifa, A., Romano, A., X. Liang, X., H. Chen, H., et al. (2021). Ultra-compact dual-band smart NEMS magnetoelectric antennas for simultaneous wireless energy harvesting and magnetic field sensing. Nature Communications, 12(1).

Zhang, Y., Mirchandani, N., Onabajo, M., A. Shrivastava, A. (2020). RSSI Amplifier Design for a Feature Extraction Technique to Detect Seizures with Analog Computing. IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), May, Seville, Spain.

##plugins.themes.bootstrap3.article.details##

How to Cite
Zeid, A., & Duggan, C. (2022). Framework to Enhance STEM Education for Community College Students. European Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 3(3), 36–41. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejedu.2022.3.3.331