ERIC Number: ED484356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Institutionalization and Sustainability of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program. CCRC Brief. Number 20
Bailey, Thomas R.; Matsuzuka, Yukari; Jacobs, James; Morest, Vanessa Smith; Hughes, Katherine L.
Community College Research Center
In response to the 1992 Scientific and Advanced Technology Act (SATA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program to promote systemic reform of the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The Act gave community colleges the central role for the implementation of the ATE program. This study analyzes the influence of the ATE initiative on the nature of STEM programs in community colleges: on the formation of partnerships; and on the characteristics of the colleges in which they were located. It also examines the steps taken to promote the sustainability of the ATE reforms and innovations once the NSF funding had ceased or been significantly reduced. The Community College Research Center closely examined six ATE projects and four national centers between October 2000 and January 2002. Information was collected by researchers through two or three day visits to each of the sites, as well as through information available on the ATE website and the websites of the individual projects and centers. The major activities of the ATE projects and centers were examined in five broad areas: (1) The development, implementation, and dissemination of curriculum and other instructional materials; (2) Professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; (3) Efforts to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in high schools and to increase the numbers of high school students in STEM postsecondary programs; (4) Articulation and transfer agreements between the two-year and four-year institutions; and (5) Partnerships with industry. The following recommendations have been made in response to this research: (1) The applicants and the NSF staff need to be clear about the problem to be solved; (2) Design incentives that will promote broader programmatic and organizational innovation; and (3) There is a need for several types of new researcexplorations. [Report produced by the Community College Research Center (CCRC).]
Descriptors: Technology Education, Articulation (Education), Instructional Materials, College Faculty, Engineering, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Science, Mathematics, High Schools
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, P.O. Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.