Motivated Engineering Transfers - STEM Talent Expansion Program (METSTEP)

Mary Anderson-Rowland, Armando Rodriguez, Anita Grierson

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The Motivated Engineering Transfers - STEM Talent Expansion Program (METSTEP) is a partnership between Arizona State University's (ASU's) Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (lead institution) and non-metropolitan Arizona Community Colleges (CCs) designed to significantly increase the number of CC transfer students (especially women and underrepresented minority students) that graduate with engineering and computer science - hereafter referred to as engineering - BS/E and graduate degrees. The targeted students are enrolled in pre-calculus/calculus, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, and geology courses at Arizona's CCs and their local high school (HSs). The partner CCs (Arizona Western, Central Arizona, Cochise, Eastern Arizona, and Mohave) have been selected because (1) they possess a significant pool of untapped engineering talent (a high percentage of women and underrepresented minorities) and (2) they have enthusiastically embraced the vision to reach out to students to attract them to exciting engineering careers. This project develops a supply-chain of high quality engineering students by 1) supporting the CCs' HS student outreach activities, 2) supporting the CC engineering courses by providing materials, tutoring, local engineering speakers, and tuition scholarships, 3) conducting "Be an Engineer" events on the CC campuses to CC students and local HS students and their parents, 4) following up with classes/workshops/seminars - exploiting time-tested techniques, assignments, as well as one-on-one and group mentoring - for all participants either via live teleconference or webcast, 5) providing an engaged community of mentors (with extensive experience and commitment) for all students, as well as remote tutoring and mentoring via phone, email, or Blackboard, 6) hosting an Orientation at ASU specifically for engineering transfer students, 7) managing a Fulton Transfer Center where engineering transfer students and their CC cohorts can study together and get the support needed to survive, and 8) working with (especially new) transfer students for success and learning through a (time-tested) "career shaping" academic scholarship workshop program. This project is funded through a grant from NSF's STEP Program (#0856834).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2010Jun 23 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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