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NSF Support for Community Colleges: Opportunities, Benefits, and Challenges from a President's Perspective

Presentation at 2013 AACC Convention, April 21, 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) supports activities that enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate education via a number of programs that are appropriate for community colleges. However, many community college leaders may not be cognizant of the opportunities, benefits, and potential challenges of acquiring and managing NSF-DUE grants. This forum provides an opportunity to learn about NSF-DUE programs from a panel composed of presidents and chief academic officers from 2-year colleges that have received NSF-DUE awards, and facilitated by Celeste Carter, Lead Program Director of NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program.

Getting Started Pre-Conference Workshop: General Information

From 2012 ATE PI Conference, October 24, 2012

Other Videos in Series:

Mentoring Projects

Evaluation & Reporting

Additional Requirements

Division of Grants & Awards

Participant Support & Consultants

Subawards & DGA Roles

Advocacy Support & Development

ATE Central

 

This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees and other project personnel from prior years who have recently become involved in ATE projects and centers. The workshop is divided into three parts: (1) ATE Program Issues. Topics covered include reporting requirements such as annual and final reports, working with NSF program officers, changes in project personnel or scope, data collection, FastLane and other reporting systems, use of Advisory Boards and National Visiting Committees, preparing project highlights for NSF and others, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and many other relevant topics. (2) Financial Management and Grant Management Issues. This section focuses on financial accounting issues and discusses in detail problems often seen in monitoring visits such as participant support, time and effort accounting, subawardees, record keeping, changes in scope, overload, and use of consultants. (3) Evaluation. This segment addresses building in evaluation from the start of your project or center. The ATE program conducts an annual survey of all projects and centers that have been active for more than one year. Additional evaluation topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, evaluation design, methods and instrumentation, resources for learning about productive evaluation, the roles of internal and external evaluators, and evaluation challenges.

Presenters:

  • David Campbell, Program Director, National Science Foundation, VA
  • Elaine Craft, Director, SC ATE Center of Excellence, SC
  • Arlen Gullickson, Consultant, EvaluATE Center, Western Michigan University, MI
  • LeVar Rashawn Farrior, Grants and Agreement Specialist, Division of Grants and Agreements, National Science Foundation, VA

Advanced Technological Education: Student Voices, Student Leaders

Designed to raise awareness of community college students in STEM education and career fields, the video series features a “day in the life” of a diverse group of students. Learn how students balance home, school, and work in their journeys to complete their education and becoming future STEM leaders. The video series was produced by ATETV and funded by the National Science Foundation.


ATETV

  

ATETV is an online video series with up-to-the-minute information connecting students with education and employment opportunities. Showcasing the best of the Advanced Technological Education program from community colleges and across the country, ATETV features a new episode every week and networking capabilities to connect ATE students and educators with prospective employers.


ATE Central

ATE Central

ATE Central is a free online portal and collection of materials and services that highlight the work of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers. These initiatives work with educators from two-year colleges to develop and implement ideas for improving the skills of technicians and the educators who teach them.


ATE Centers

ATE Centers 

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program prepares technicians for high-technology careers. ATE centers serve as the program’s flagships and work on national and regional approaches to key issues in technology. ATE projects focus on particular technician education challenges. The strategies used by both centers and projects include educational resources, faculty enrichment, outreach and recruitment, industry involvement, and research. 


Teaching Technicians

Teaching Technicians

Teaching Technicians is an online portal for information about professional development for STEM technician education. Through the site, faculty development providers can connect with target audiences and share best practices and useful resources.

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