Faculty Mentored Team Projects for Engaging and Retaining KCTCS Students in STEM Degree and Transfer Programs

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Retention and graduation rates are key metrics for all institutions of higher education including the Kentucky Community and Technical College System where 90,000+ students are enrolled at 16 Colleges across more than 70 campuses. In response to the federal Committee on STEM Education, NASA Space Grant Consortia are called to increase participation of under-represented groups in STEM fields by reaching out to community and technical college students in STEM disciplines to increase graduation rates for Associate Degrees and increase transfers to four-year institutions. NASA Kentucky and KCTCS propose to support faculty and students in STEM programs of study through Team Project Awards. Each Team Project would consist of 3-4 scholarship students working together on a STEM project outside of class to prepare for a competition or to present at a regional conference. A KCTCS faculty member will lead each team using award funds for course buyout, materials and supplies, and travel. As a two-year pilot program, two teams will be supported at three Colleges each year. Teams on the same campus will meet for leadership and team building activities adapted from NASA project management training materials. Smaller awards will be offered to faculty interested in incorporating NASA content into their STEM courses. NASA Kentucky will be responsible for grant management and reporting to NASA. The KCTCS Co-PI will work with faculty team leaders to recruit eligible students, promote opportunities among STEM faculty and report student data to NASA Kentucky.
Effective start/end date9/19/149/18/17


  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration: $500,000.00


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