Rural HSI Conference

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description


The SFAz Center for STEM at ASU (SFAz STEM) will partner with the lead organization, Central Arizona College (CAC), to design, plan and host a conference that convenes at least 100 participants from rural and emerging HSIs. The conference will be held at Arizona State University Skysong Campus, Scottsdale, Arizona and hosted by ASUs SFAz Center for STEM. Target dates for the three-day event are June 18-20, 2020.

The target audience includes STEM faculty, administration, staff actively working in STEM education, and STEM students from a nationwide pool of rural HSIs and emerging HSIs that are rural. Positioned as a forum to engage in intensive discussion and active topic-based work sessions, the conference will gather information about unique challenges, issues, and potential solutions impacting STEM education and workforce development at HSIs in rural environments.

SFAz STEM will lead an organizing committee to plan and conduct the conference. The format will be a working three-day conference that covers six unique topics determined from the results of a pre-conference survey that SFAz STEM developed and administered. Five parallel tracks will independently cover topics one through five, and topic six will be covered in all five tracks. Each track will have a subject matter expert as a leader, a facilitator, and a student scribe selected in advance. Pre-determined scripted questions will be prepared for each track and will cover the same six areas: A) Needs/Gaps, B) Barriers / Challenges, C) Successes / Examples, D) Opportunities, E) Priorities, and F) External Funding and Collaboration. The final questions and scripts will be created by the track leads and the organizing committee. SFAz STEM will prepare a form for each track with the six areas of questions that will be used by the student scribes during the conference to capture notes.

SFAz STEM will coordinate with CAC to prepare a conference report detailing the thematic challenges and solutions experienced at rural HSIs, thereby advancing knowledge of the unique context of STEM education at rural HSIs and will provide guidance on how to best serve the needs of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in STEM. The long-term impact of this work will be to position the rural HSI as a driver to increase student and faculty equity, embrace technology innovations, and develop workforce skill sets that impact rural economic prosperity.

Description

The SFAz Center for STEM at ASU (SFAz STEM) will partner with the lead organization, Central Arizona College (CAC), to design, plan and host a conference that convenes at least 100 participants from rural and emerging HSIs. The conference will be held at Arizona State University Skysong Campus, Scottsdale, Arizona and hosted by ASUs SFAz Center for STEM. Target dates for the three-day event are June 18-20, 2020.

The target audience includes STEM faculty, administration, staff actively working in STEM education, and STEM students from a nationwide pool of rural HSIs and emerging HSIs that are rural. Positioned as a forum to engage in intensive discussion and active topic-based work sessions, the conference will gather information about unique challenges, issues, and potential solutions impacting STEM education and workforce development at HSIs in rural environments.

SFAz STEM will lead an organizing committee to plan and conduct the conference. The format will be a working three-day conference that covers six unique topics determined from the results of a pre-conference survey that SFAz STEM developed and administered. Five parallel tracks will independently cover topics one through five, and topic six will be covered in all five tracks. Each track will have a subject matter expert as a leader, a facilitator, and a student scribe selected in advance. Pre-determined scripted questions will be prepared for each track and will cover the same six areas: A) Needs/Gaps, B) Barriers / Challenges, C) Successes / Examples, D) Opportunities, E) Priorities, and F) External Funding and Collaboration. The final questions and scripts will be created by the track leads and the organizing committee. SFAz STEM will prepare a form for each track with the six areas of questions that will be used by the student scribes during the conference to capture notes.

SFAz STEM will coordinate with CAC to prepare a conference report detailing the thematic challenges and solutions experienced at rural HSIs, thereby advancing knowledge of the unique context of STEM education at rural HSIs and will provide guidance on how to best serve the needs of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in STEM. The long-term impact of this work will be to position the rural HSI as a driver to increase student and faculty equity, embrace technology innovations, and develop workforce skill sets that impact rural economic prosperity.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date10/1/199/30/21

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $48,946.00

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