Community College Research Initiatives

STEM

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is important for our country’s future as it provides jobs, solutions to major problems, and an understanding of the natural world. The CCRI research group does research and evaluation on STEM in the postsecondary context and brings to that research an equity lens.

Evaluation

InTeGrate Faculty Study

InTeGrate is a STEP (STEM Talent Expansion Program) Center grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) led by the Science Education Research Center (SERC) at Carleton College. A primary goal of InTeGrate is to engage faculty in improving STEM education.

CCRI’s evaluation study focused on the impact of different types of participation in InTeGrate (Material Developers, Implementers, and Webinar and Workshops) on faculty pedagogy, courses, the creation teaching communities and more. CCRI researchers conducted semi-structured interviews with 51 faculty and some of the results include findings that InTeGrate helped faculty teach diverse learners, build faculty communities, and shift towards more interdisciplinary curriculum and pedagogy. The researchers used stories to show how faculty benefited from the InTeGrate program.

Read the full report and view individual faculty stories below.

View the full report

InTeGrate Faculty Stories

Accommodating Diverse Learners and Building Supportive Communities: One instructor increased class examples representing non-dominant populations and gained understanding of how to use multiple types of learning activities beyond lecture. Read Full Story >

Facilitating Real-World Examples and Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Another instructor created more course content that contains real-world scientific problems and data. She also shared how the program fit well with her existing approach to collaborative teaching pedagogy. Read Full Story >

Facilitating Pedagogical Changes: The instructor in this story participated in professional development in Earth Science Education to learn more about pedagogy for online teaching. In addition, she used InTeGrate to connect with a larger group of educators. Read Full Story >

Visit the SERC website for more faculty stories and information about the study.

LSAMP Planning Grant Facilitation and Evaluation

CCRI is serving as an external facilitator and evaluator on an LSAMP Pre-Alliance Planning grant. Working with the planning team and the project’s PI and Co-PIs, we are providing structure and accountability to the planning process of a 3-college alliance grant. The group is writing a LSAMP Bridge 2 Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliance grant to improve STEM experience for underrepresented students through undergraduate research opportunities. Our work includes regular meetings with PIs and the planning team, site visits, and facilitation of a one-day workshop to move planning and writing of the LSAMP B2B grant forward.