STEM and computer science pathways

New Research Center Aims to Address Inequities in Online Learning in College

College instructors see it all the time. Each semester brings bright students who easily grasp new ideas, but may struggle with assignments or studying for exams. These students can excel when explicitly taught skills to manage their own learning, research conducted by Dr. Omar Faison at Virginia State University has found. If students do not have these skills, online courses can be particularly challenging. With more college courses moving online, students need self-directed learning skills more than ever.

Coordination Hub Research Brief: Evidence-Based Strategies for Broadening Participation in STEM

How can educators develop and implement strategies that attract and retain Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, and other Pacific Islander students and professionals in STEM?

NSF INCLUDES Funds Re-Entry of Women and Women Veterans into the STEM Workforce

Broadening participation in the STEM workforce means taking into account non-traditional academic and career pathways. It can also mean welcoming back people who seek to return to or advance STEM career pursuits they had left behind to join the military, raise families, or for other reasons.

Evaluation of the Career Connected Pathways Project

The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), in partnership with LeadLocal and Jobs for the Future, is working with school districts in Arizona to increase high-need students’ access to quality career pathways in cybersecurity and computer science. In 2019, CFA received an early-phase Education Innovation and Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education … Continue reading Evaluation of the Career Connected Pathways Project

NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub

The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub is a 5-year, $10 million grant from the NSF INCLUDES program, a national initiative focused on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the U.S. The program seeks to effectively develop talent nationally – particularly among those in underserved populations – with the goal of enhancing U.S. … Continue reading NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub

Staying in Science

Staying in Science is an NSF-funded study exploring how formative science experiences impact the pathways of STEM-interested students from underrepresented groups. By identifying key supports and obstacles in these youths’ pathways towards STEM careers, this study seeks to help practitioners design more inclusive and equitable STEM learning experiences and supports. SRI, with the American Museum … Continue reading Staying in Science

Developing a Model of STEM-Focused Elementary Schools (eSTEM)

SRI and George Mason University are conducting a multiyear exploratory study to develop a logic model of STEM-focused elementary (eSTEM) schools. Early learning experiences in STEM are critical in preparing elementary school students for STEM learning in middle and high school, as well as for future careers in STEM-related fields. However, limited exposure to STEM … Continue reading Developing a Model of STEM-Focused Elementary Schools (eSTEM)

Promoting the Development of STEM Tech Employability Skills

Needs for early-career employees entering technical fields, focusing on the high-priority employability skills most in demand in technical fields, what makes employability skills so important in today’s employment marketplace, how employability skills develop, and what strategies are used by community college educators and employers of early-career technicians to support employability skills growth

Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work: Personal Success Skills for 21st Century Jobs. A Report on Promising Research and Practice

This report is geared toward leaders in education, industry, workforce development, and human services interested empowering working age adults to build sustainable 21st century careers. Personal success skills are the foundational capacities that all adults need to thrive in the workforce, beyond technical and disciplinary knowledge. As part of a multi-pronged approach, strengthening personal success … Continue reading Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work: Personal Success Skills for 21st Century Jobs. A Report on Promising Research and Practice

Postsecondary Pathways and Persistence Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Little is known about postsecondary pathways and persistence among college students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, 2001–2009, a nationally representative sample of students in special education with an ASD who progressed from high school to postsecondary education. Findings suggest that most college students with … Continue reading Postsecondary Pathways and Persistence Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Special Education Services Received by Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders from Preschool Through High School

Little is known about how special education services received by students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) differ by age, disability severity, and demographic characteristics. Using three national data sets, the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study, the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study, and the National Longitudinal Transition Study–2, this study examined the age trends in special education … Continue reading Special Education Services Received by Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders from Preschool Through High School

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Participation Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Little research has examined the popular belief that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely than the general population to gravitate toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, a nationally representative sample of students with an ASD in special education. Findings … Continue reading Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Participation Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Microlessons to Build Readiness in the Cybersecurity Workforce

Fostering cybersecurity learning by offering concise “microlesson” content on smartphones. This project develops and tests a prototype approach to engaging adult learners in exploring, developing, and refreshing their cybersecurity skills. Designed to fit into convenient 5-minute increments, the microlessons feature interactive simulations of key procedures and concepts in cybersecurity defense and attacks. This work advances … Continue reading Microlessons to Build Readiness in the Cybersecurity Workforce

Evaluation of LA City College’s STEM Pathways Program

Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program is supporting success for students who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Launched in 2016, the STEM Pathways Program at Los Angeles City College aims to increase low-income and Hispanic students’ participation and success in STEM fields. The program includes STEM tutoring, specialized counseling, faculty mentoring, math boot camps, … Continue reading Evaluation of LA City College’s STEM Pathways Program

iSTEM: Impacts of Inclusive STEM High Schools on Student Outcomes

SRI Education leads a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study on the schools’ effectiveness in Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio. SRI researchers identified and recruited 39 inclusive STEM-focused high schools (ISHS) and 3,022 comprehensive (or traditional) high schools serving similar student populations but without a school-wide STEM focus in North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio. An additional comparison school … Continue reading iSTEM: Impacts of Inclusive STEM High Schools on Student Outcomes