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The Integrated STEM Experience T he Science 120 Learning Community. The Challenge. Increase graduation rates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ( STEM ). Our Solution NSF support through NSF STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP ) New Advising Plans

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The integrated stem experience t he science 120 learning community

The Integrated STEM ExperienceThe Science 120 Learning Community


The challenge

The Challenge

Increase graduation rates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Our Solution

NSF support through NSF STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

New Advising Plans

Support for bottleneck courses

Freshman Year Communities (Cohorts)


The process

The Process

Symposium

Presentations

  • Student designed research questions

    • Water temperature, chemistry, and suitability for vertebrates

    • Comparing water quality of upland creeks

    • Gravel size and diversity of stream invertebrates

    • Water quality tests

    • Comparative studies on native species

  • Integrate with Community

    • Sonoma County Water Agency

    • Southern Sonoma Resource Conservation District

    • Goldridge Resource Conservation District

    • SSU Field Stations & Nature Preserves

  • Faculty directed activity

    • Field work

    • Assess quality of campus lake and creek water

    • Rigorous techniques

  • Skill building

  • Critical thinking

  • Laboratory skills

  • Field skills

  • Transition Students

  • Welcome students

  • Expand comfort zones

  • Build confidence

  • Develop class identity


The integrated stem experience t he science 120 learning community

www.sonoma.edy/scitech/symposium


Assessment

Assessment

WestEd is using a in-depth sophisticated analysis to measure the impact of the STEM-FYE strategy coupled with annual cohort surveying .


Surveys were revealing

Surveys were revealing

13. Think about the Peer Mentors this semester.


Outcome

Outcome

  • Students bond with students, STEM faculty, and community partners

  • Students explore all STEM disciplines

  • Students learn basic scientific methodology

  • Students are on track to a timely graduation

  • 85% retention of STEM majors in Science 120 vs. 70% for all STEM freshman

  • Peer mentors provide transitional support

  • Faculty join together across disciplines to provide innovative STEM curriculum


Summary

Summary

Innovative curriculum, high impact pedagogy, dynamic faculty, institutional support, and various assessment methods were all utilized to create a successful program.


Thanks to team

  • S3Team

    • Lynn Stauffer, Science & Technology (PI)

    • Lynn Cominsky, Chair, Physics & Astroand Director, NASA E/PO (Co-PI)

    • Jeremy Qualls, Physics & Astronomy (Co-PI)

    • Nathan Rank, Chair, Biology (Co-PI)

    • Claudia Luke, SSU Preserves(Co-PI)

    • Karina Nielsen, Biology

    • Martha Shott, Math & Statistics

    • Carolyn Peruta, S3 Student Services

    • Ben Ford, Mathematics & Statistics

    • Brigitte Lahme, Mathematics & Statistics

    • John Sullins, Philosophy

    • Suzanne Rivoire, Computer Science

    • FaridFarahmand, Engineering Science

    • Mike Smith, Geology

    • Carmen Works, Chemistry

    • Julie Greathouse, Student Academic Services

    • Merith Weisman, Director, CCE

    • Ted Britton, WestEd, External Evaluator

Thanks to Team

Internal Advisory Committee

  • Chair - John Kornfeld, Director, Ugrad Studies

  • Andrew Rogerson, Provost

  • Nathan Rank, Chair, Biology (Co-PI)

  • Jennifer Lillig, Chair, Chemistry

  • Ali Kooshesh, Chair, Computer Science

  • Meng-Chih Su, Engineering Science

  • Matt James, Chair, Geology

  • Brigitte Lahme, Chair, Math & Statistics

  • Lynn Cominsky, Chair, Phys& Astro (Co-PI)

  • Merith Weisman, Director, CCE

  • Tim Wandling, English

  • Karina Nielsen, Biology

  • Caroline Christian, ENSP

    External Advisory Committee

  • Catherine Halversen, Lawrence Hall of Science

  • Bryant Hichwa, SSU Emeritus, Phys& Astro

  • Becca Lawton, Geologist

  • Georgia McDaniel, Environmental Planner


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