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STEP WEBINAR: Increasing Graduation and Transfer Rates of 2-year College STEM Students through 2yr/4yr Partnerships

Abstract: The national pool of two-year college (2Y) students is a relatively-untapped, yet fertile resource for growing the number of STEM baccalaureate degree achievers in meeting President Obama’s goal of producing 1 million more STEM graduates in the next decade (PCAST report, 2012).  As such, more students are starting at a two year institution and then transferring to a four year institution in order to complete their degree.  However, developing and implementing successful 2y/4y partnerships for increasing graduation and transfer rates have been and continue to be problematic in the pathway to the baccalaureate degree.

The webinar will discuss the importance and impact of successful 2y/4y partnerships on STEM graduation and transfer rates at both partnering institutions. Participants will gain a “2yr institution” perspective on the components of a successful partnership as well as discuss key factors in developing and sustaining 2y/4y partnerships. The information disseminated during the webinar can be applied and adapted within the framework of other institutions. At the end of the webinar, participants should understand the vital role each partner plays in the success (graduation and transfer) of 2-year college STEM Students.


*STEP Central Webinars provide an opportunity for STEM practitioners to engage their colleagues and share their projects, insights, and lessons learned on improving undergraduate STEM Education on a national scale.  Please contact us if you would like to present a webinar, or with suggestions for future webinar topics.

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