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ERIC Number: EJ1173147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
The Role of Faculty in Fostering STEM Transfer Student Success
Wetzel, Laura Reiser; Debure, Kelly R.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v47 n4 p42-46 Mar 2018
In 2012, Eckerd College received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a scholarship program for transfer students majoring in one of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors offered at our institution. This article outlines the motivations for creating the scholarship program, the process used in the selection of its participants, and the elements of the program that were most effective in enhancing the success of our transfer students. We found that close academic advising, a first-year seminar, and timely intervention with struggling students benefitted many STEM transfers. We suggest monitoring transfer student progress especially closely throughout the first semester and year, and not simply at the end of each semester. We also suggest providing access to transcripts from previous institutions for more informed advising and flagging transfers in class rosters to help instructors identify students who may need special attention. We believe many of these efforts are feasible at colleges even where additional funds to support transfer students are not available.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Saint Petersburg)
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE1154520