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1 The STARS Alliance: A Southeastern Partnership for Broadening Participation in Computing Teresa Dahlberg and Tiffany Barnes, UNC Charlotte Magdy Attia, Johnson C. Smith University Mladen Vouk, Kristy Boyer, Laurie Williams, NC State University Kristin Watkins, Meredith College Maureen Biggers, Georgia Institute of Technology Cheryl Seals, Juan Gilbert, Auburn University Andrea Lawrence, Spelman College Mia Lustria, Lois Hawkes, Ebe Randeree, Florida State University Jason Black, Florida A&M University Nate Thomas, Carlos Fossi, University of South Florida- Lakeland Steve Fadden, Julie Strothman, Landmark College Anthony Chow, UNC Greensboro

2 Agenda STARS Alliance Overview: Year 1, Extension STARS Leadership Corps Panel Pair Programming Demonstration Project AARCS Demonstration Project Successes and Challenges NSF Review Panel Confer Over Lunch STARS Alliance Evaluation Open Discussion

3 Printed Materials Site Visit Agenda – includes some of the specific questions to be answered Year 1 Annual Report – additional detail on activities STARS Celebration 2007 program booklet – details on program sessions

4 Foster a computing community among diverse academic institutions….extend the computing community into K-12, corporate and the community at large. Students & Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) The STARS Alliance A Southeastern Partnership for Broadening Participation in Computing

5 Goals Recruitment Bridging Retention Sustainability Dissemination Advancement of BPC Faculty Role Models– Extension

6 Target 7 th grade through doctoral programs Women, under-represented minorities Persons with disabilities K-6– Extension BPC Role Model Assistant Professors– Extension

7 Community Partners Minority Institutions Professional Organizations K-12 Partners Community Colleges STUDENTS Womens Institutions Industry Partners Research Universities The Initial Southeastern Constellation Meredith College NC State Georgia Tech USF Lakeland Landmark College (Vermont) UNC Charlotte Spelman College Auburn Florida State Florida A & M Johnson C. Smith > 50 Partners Collaborate to strengthen regional programs for BPC Consistent, cohesive evaluation across multiple programs, nationwide

8 STARS Members and Partners Part I StarsUniversity & College Members University, College, K-12, Industry, and Community Partners Western North Carolina UNC Charlotte (Research) College of Computing and Informatics (Software & Information Systems, CS, Bioinformatics); Johnson C. Smith University (private HBCU) Dept of CS & Engineering UNC Charlotte Diversity in IT Institute, Winthrop University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; ACM-W, TIAA-CREF, Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Black Data Processor Association, NC Technology Association Women in Science and Engineering;, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County; Eastern North Carolina N.C. State University (Research) Department of Computer Science Meredith College (Womens College) Dept of Mathematics & CS Women and Math Mentoring; Wake County School System; SAS, IBM, ACM NCSU Chapter, SWE, WISE, Friday Institute, WICS, WMM, MCNC Alabama/ Georgia Auburn University (Research) College of Computer Science & Software Engineering Spelman College (private Womens HBCU) Computer Science Alabama A&M University, South Carolina State University, Atlanta City Schools, Auburn University Engineering Administration, Auburn University Office of Outreach, Auburn City School System, University of Alabama

9 STARS Members and Partners Part II StarsUniversity & College Members University, College, K-12, Industry, and Community Partners Georgia Georgia Institute of Technology (Research) College of Computing; Institute of Computing Education Morehouse College Department of Computer Science, Girl Scouts of Atlanta, North Atlanta High School, Georgia Board of Education, Atlanta Womens Foundation; Florida- Tallahassee Florida State University (Research) College of Information; College of Arts & Sciences (Computer Science); Career Center; Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement Florida A & M University (HBCU) Computer Information Sciences ACM FAMU Chapter, Tallahassee Big Bend Boys & Girls Clubs, FAMU High School, Apalachee Ridge Tech. Center, Fl./Ga.-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, FAMU Trio Programs, Leon & Wakulla County School Boards, Leon Cty. Charter School of Arts & Sciences, FSU College of Business MIS Program, FSU National High Magnetic Field Lab, High School High Tech, FSU Disability Res Cntr Florida- Polk County University of South Florida- Lakeland (Undergrad) Information Technology; Diversity Center Polk Community College- Lakeland & Winter Haven IT Department, Polk Community College Collegiate High School, USF Lakeland Engineering Department, Polk County School District, Kathleen Senior High School, Family Fundamentals, Word Alive Ministries, Central Florida Business Diversity Council.

10 STARS Members and Partners Part III StarsUniversity & College Members University, College, K-12, Industry, and Community Partners Alliance- wide Landmark College (remote member - two-year college in Vermont for students with learning disabilities) Landmarks participation in the STARS Leadership Corps provides a unique opportunity to understand how leadership training can prepare students with LD for entry into and success in four year computing programs. Most member schools operate essentially separate STARS.

11 Alliance Structure Star UNCC Star NCSU Star Meredith Star USFL …… Alliance Steering Committee (ASC) Web Port. Coord. UNCG ET Leaders Lead Industry Liaison Landmark Community Liaison Academic Liaisons members Project Manager (chair) UNCC Administrative Assistant Content Area Experts – Landmark, USFL Demonstration Project Coord. Auburn, NCSU, USFL, UNCC Ad hoc Committees Evaluation Team (ET) LEAD UNCC Web Portal & Marketing Evaluator UNCG STARS Leadership Corps Evaluators UNCC Pair Programming Evaluator NCSU Teaching Math to Visually Impaired Evaluator NCSU Refer to page 8 of the STARS Year 1 Annual Report for details on roles and responsibilities. Dialogue Leaders- UNCC

12 Questions Q6: How does the Alliance communicate what it is doing and accomplishing? Please draw a picture of the communication pattern linking the participating institutions. The ASC and ET hold separate monthly teleconferences In-person meetings are held whenever possible (see alliance exchange year 1 highlights) Papers and presentations have been given at FIE 2007, GHC 2006/2007, Tapia 2007,…. A number of regional presentations, press releases, and other news articles have taken place. What we still need, but do not yet have resources allocated Website to disseminate Alliance mission and activities – is for K-12 careers Tools to facilitate alliance operation, management and evaluation Newsletter

13 Questions Q5: Please explain the division of labor practiced by the Alliance. Which institutions take the lead or specialize or participate in the main Alliance activities? Year 1 Annual Report, page 8, details roles and responsibilities for alliance personnel division of labor All alliance members implement the STARS Leadership Corps Alliance members optionally adopt demonstration project; –Incentives added in Extension project to encourage faculty, especially those not already working on the STARS project to participate in DP (e.g., lecturers for PP) What we still need… Academic Liaison at UNC Charlotte –Teresa and Tiffany managing alliance operations, development and evaluation. Faculty focus on SLC needed Organizing committee for management of STARS Celebration

14 Year 1 Activity Highlights The cornerstone activity was development and implementation of The STARS Leadership Corps, a program that catalyzes regional partnerships to combine K-12 recruitment with college retention and workforce development.

15 STARS Central Values: Effective Practices for BPC Technical Excellence - Work experience, research experience, advanced training Competence leads to confidence leads to interest Civic engagement & Service - Using computing in service to society Change the image; show social relevance, emphasize applications Community – Mentoring, community-building Develop an inclusive computing identity Leadership – Professional development, team work Develop soft skills; move IT professional from tech support to business leader

16 STARS Leadership Corps Hypothesis: students who engage in K-12 outreach, using computing for community good, engage in a research or internship experience, or mentor other students are more likely to be retained. Bonus: using students as human capital to do outreach will increase the impact of recruiting and marketing efforts

17 STARS Leadership Corps Model

18 STARS Leadership Corps A repeatable one-year program 75% Undergrad and 25% Grad Begins & Ends with the STARS Celebration Alliance-wide workshop in August Centered around STARS values Inform of National Need Call to action to recruit, develop and become the next generation of computing professionals Reach your full potential while pulling up others Students respond by committing to Leadership Project Monthly seminar series Peer mentoring

19 STARS Celebrations The STARS Celebration emphasizes STARS core values of excellence, leadership, civic engagement, service, and community – values intended to foster student success at UNC Charlotte – 113 students – Over 40 faculty – Over 50 partners and community 2006 at Georgia Tech – 105 students – 23 faculty/staff 2008 at Auburn U. –Possible collaboration- –HBCU alliance – EL Alliance 2009 at Florida State U.

20 STARS Celebrations Student Sessions – STARS Central Values Technical excellence Service & Civic Engagement Computing Community Leadership development Workshops Pair Programming Mentor Training Assistive Technology Culturally Situated Design Tools Facilitator Training Evaluator Training Alliance Exchange ASC and ET meetings Various topics: SLC, institutionalization

21 STARS Celebrations BPC Effective Practices Faculty, staff, students, community – share effective practices for BPC, both related to STARS and otherwise Faculty development and mentoring Partnership Development STARS new members Public Forum Evaluation Taped one-on-one interviews Online survey SLC Induction Poster Session Home Team planning

22 STARS Leadership Projects Leadership Projects strengthen regional programs Outreach Ambassadors Community Service Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship Experiences Peer Mentors For example: BDPA Computer Academy Girl Scouts IT Patch Websites to address social problems Hope Junction Robotics for kids

23 STARS Tiered Mentoring and Role Models High school student Middle school student Professional or Grad student Undergrad student Regional Partnerships - A computing community from Kindergarten to the Workforce

24 SLC 107 students participated in STARS Leadership Corps

25 North Carolina State University STARS Leadership Corps

26 Meredith STARS Leadership Corps

27 Auburn STARS Leadership Corps

28 Spelman STARS Leadership Corps

29 University of South Florida Lakeland STARS Leadership Corps

30 Florida State University STARS Leadership Corps

31 Florida A & M University STARS Leadership Corps

32 Landmark STARS Leadership Corps

33 Georgia Tech STARS Leadership Corps

34 UNC Charlotte & Johnson C. Smith STARS Leadership Corps

35 Year 1 Highlights Demonstration Project – Part I The STARS Alliance serves as an incubator for new demonstration projects and the scaling and replicating of best practices among the diverse alliance institutions. Alliance-wide dissemination of Pair Programming was implemented to increase student retention and success in gate-keeper computing courses. Training – Aug 2006 (STARS Celebration); Jan 2006 (Florida); Aug 2007 (STARS Celebration) A tiered mentoring model, based on the Thomas principles, was developed for implementation into the STARS Leadership Corps program. Training – Aug 2006 (STARS Celebration); Jan 2006 (Florida); Aug 2007 (STARS Celebration) No funding from STARS Initiation Project; Added as a demonstration project in STARS Extension Project;

36 Year 1 Highlights Demonstration Project – Part II The STARS Alliance serves as an incubator for new demonstration projects and the scaling and replicating of best practices among the diverse alliance institutions. An exploratory project, Teaching Math to the Visually Impaired, was begun to enable middle school math teachers to prepare visually impaired students for math-based college programs. Just getting started in Year 2; Initial lead (Art Karshmer) moved to Univ. of San Francisco A number of STARS students participated in the African American Researchers in Computer Science program, a model for focused recruitment of students into computing doctoral programs AARCS has funding from STARS Initiation grant and as a separate BPC DP. AARCS sessions given at STARS Celebration 2006 and 2007.

37 Year 1 Highlights Task Force Dialogues Task Force Dialogues bring together a smaller group of alliance partners for multi- institutional discussions on important, hard, problems Institutional Change: incorporating successful interventions into the core academic mission I-BPC –Polk County IT Corridor, Jan 2007 –NCTA WISE, Charlotte, May 2007 –Meetings stimulate interest and ideas. Challenge is moving beyond interesting meeting to action. –Need administrator buy-in No resources yet to address other TFDs: Bridging: admissions criteria and building bridges between K-12 and undergraduate computing programs and between non-computing undergrad programs to graduate computing programs; First Generation Students: preparing our institutions for the Hispanic immigrant population whose children will reach college age in about five years; Combining Research & Outreach: strategies for leveraging the Alliance infrastructure to engage computing researchers in broadening the impact of their research;

38 Year 1 Highlights The STARS Alliance web portal was developed to disseminate information on the alliance and support a Marketing and Careers Campaign aimed towards K-12 students. Information on careers and degree paths. Testimonials and how to participate. Testimonials of role models refresh each time you visit. Announcements and events. Establishing BPC as a national issue.

39 Year 1 Highlights Alliance Exchange - a variety of committees and task forces for the exchange of information and pooling of resources Initial Planning Meeting, Jan. 2006, Charlotte Monthly ASC and ET Teleconferences ASC meeting, Aug. 2006, STARS Celebration, Atlanta ASC meeting, Oct. 2006, Grace Hopper, San Diego ASC Training events, Jan 2007, Tampa – Pair Programming, STARS Mentor Training Institutionalizing BPC Task Force Dialogue, Jan 2007, Tampa ET meeting, April 2007, Greensboro ASC meeting, May 2007, NCWIT meeting, Boulder

40 Questions Address Q2: Please cite evidence of (a)alignment with other programs nationally that share STARS goals –BPDA, CAHSI, EL Alliance, HBCU Alliance, NCWIT, GHC, Tapia (b)effective dissemination within and beyond the Alliance –FIE, GHC, Tapia,…. Need website and tools (c)successful interventions such as the Student Leadership Corps –Reference evaluation results (d)curricular changes that have fostered improvements in student participation and performance in computing. –Pair Programming discussion later

41 Year 1 Highlights Evaluation Team STARS Initiation Proposal had commitment from five evaluators Two withdrew to focus on implementation activities New team formed, but didnt gel as a group and lacked a leader. Two people replaced. New team formed again in Spring 2007 – works very well together.

42 Landmark College (Vermont) Hampton Virginia Tech NC State Meredith College Shaw University St. Augustines College NC A&T UT - Knoxville UNC Charlotte Johnson C. Smith University of SC Georgia Tech Georgia Southern Spelman College Auburn Florida State Florida A&M University of New Orleans USF Lakeland Polk Community College Twenty Members > 80 Partners STARS Extended Constellation

43 STARS Extension Project Part I Activity or Component STARS Initiation ProjectSTARS Extension Project Members & Partners The Alliance includes 11 members and over 50 regional partner organizations The Alliance will grow to include 20 members and over 80 regional partners, along with national affiliations. Mentor institutions designated to assist new institutions. STARS Leadership Corps (SLC) SLC participation by 250 college students, over 3 years- half participating for 2 years and half for 1 year. SLC participation by >600 students, over 5 years- half participating for 2 years and half for 1 year; including about 125 grad students; 375 undergrads; And, about 100 from community colleges and high schools; SLC Leadership Projects Leadership projects include 7 th –12 th grade and peer outreach, community service, research exp, and internships, in Fall/Spring Leadership projects will also include K-6 th grade outreach, as well as a summer component to serve in summer camps for K-12 students, teachers, and guidance counselors. STARS Leaders STARS Leaders are college students who serve in the SLC SLC wrapper model to be applied to existing summer camps to develop K-12 students, teachers & counselors as STARS Leaders at their home schools.

44 STARS Extension Project Part II Activity or Component STARS Initiation ProjectSTARS Extension Project REU REU supplements support in-depth research exp. for SLC undergraduates The Alliance will form a cohort of undergraduate SLC students undertaking research experiences within a student exchange program. BPC Faculty Role Models STARS women and minority junior faculty are passionate about BPC, with no support for their computing research. Foster a community to support career advancement of BPC faculty role models, whose success is crucial for retention of under-represented students. E.g., writing circles, coaching, peer mentoring, RA support, faculty exchanges; Broadening Participation in Research (BPR) For most faculty conducting BPC programs, their computing research & BPC communities are separate Host BPR sessions or workshops at professional computing research conferences to inform and engage the broader computing research community in BPC efforts. STARS Celebration The 4-day workshop trains students to join the SLC and hosts an ASC meeting Evolve to a conference format for: preparing SLC cohorts; training for BPC demonstration projects; supporting BPC role models; disseminating effective BPC evaluation and institutionalization;

45 STARS Extension Project Part III Activity or Component STARS Initiation ProjectSTARS Extension Project Web & Marketing Portal supports K-12 Careers Marketing Extend to disseminate Alliance activities, repository for BPC in-classroom and extracurricular activities. Mentoring Dr. Nate Thomas conducts training on a STARS mentoring model. Formalize Thomas efforts as a demonstration project to implement and disseminate STARS mentoring model. Include stipends to encourage participation. Pair Programming Dr. Laurie Williams conducts training for pair programming adoption. Additional training sessions, support, and participation stipends for faculty who implement and evaluate pair programming (PP). Form cohort of PP implementers. Alliance Exchange Alliance collaboration is supported by regional partnerships, committees and task forces. Add STARS advisory boards to guide regional partnerships; Develop sponsorship model for national and regional fund raising; Visit computing departments to leverage internal resources (e.g., career centers, student support services).

46 STARS Extension Project Part IV Activity or Component STARS Initiation ProjectSTARS Extension Project Sustainability Alliance structure and activities intended to evolve to be sustainable through flexibility, but common themes for sustainability are still being discovered. Scale by adding new regional stars and serve as a model for other STARS-like constellations; Create an ACM SIGBPC; Engage students and faculty with non-monetary benefits and rewards; Establish BPC efforts as part of day-to-day operations (e.g. through adding for-credit BPC courses, adding BPC as an integral part of courses, TA/RA duties, REUs, honors and internship programs, and service-learning requirements); Evaluation Team Alliance evaluation modeled on the CIPP model to ensure collection of all relevant data. Measures impact of Alliance on enrollments and SLC student retention and compares to national performance. Extend to include SLC Evaluation Projects and REUs and recruit social scientists to mentor these projects to explore STARS impact on computing culture at each institution; Develop or purchase comprehensive tools for collaboration, communication, data collection, and dissemination that will serve as a reliable, efficient data source for reporting and examining the effects of the STARS Alliance. Extend to measure impacts of BPC on careers of STARS faculty.

47 Questions Address Q9: Under the heading of organizational change (as opposed to individual-level impact), discuss how the Alliance has affected (a)Collaboration (teamwork, shared faculty, cross-institutional internship opportunities) –Faculty research collaboration: gaming, assistive technology –Faculty mentoring: assistant professors, associate professors –Mentoring collaboration among faculty –Pair programming collaboration led to CS1/CS2 discussions –UNC Charlotte faculty hires STARS network –Students applying to grad school, REU sites among alliance (b)Institutionalization (evidence of and prospects for leveraging, continuing, sustaining) –STARS Leadership Corps: credit-bearing seminar, service-learning course, student organization,…experimentation ongoing –Pair programming as model for CS labs –Mentoring programs

48 STARS Leadership Corps Panel Address Q8: How difficult is it to demarcate Alliance activities from other ongoing interventions on the campuses of participating institutions? What have been especially challenging measurement issues? Address Q10: To what extent has the Alliance been supported at each of the member institutions? Does this bode well for future sustainability?

49 Successes and Challenges Address Q12: How much larger can the Alliance grow. What are the constraints on its growth? –The extension project will help us to see how we package and communicate the SLC to bring new members up to speed. –The STARS Celebration needs to evolve to a conference format with an organizing committee. We still need to experiment with the content. Focus must remain on developing cohorts of SLC students. Collaboration with HBCU and EL alliances could benefit all –UNC Charlotte infrastructure stressed by complexity of processes for making reimbursements. –Continued growth by adding new members within Southeast is preferable. Spawn different constellations. Less frequent national conferences, with annual regional conferences. –Continued growth requires infrastructure: communications, development, event planning, budget management

50 Successes and Challenges Address Q13: If we were to create another STARS Alliance for some other region of the country, how much of what youve done is transferable? How much would have to be recreated? How much assistance would you think would be needed from your team? Would there be any advantages/disadvantages to your Alliance in having others exist? –All of what we have created should be transferable. The diversity of institutions within the alliance provide a variety of member examples –It takes time to convey the breadth of the STARS mission and activities. Our team would serve as mentors, consultants. –New member startup with Extension Project will illustrate challenges. –Advantages: Raising the visibility of the STARS Leadership Corps to potential employers of computing students would help institutionalize the Corps by making Corps participation, without stipends, a resume- builder. Would also encourage computing departments to embrace the Corps and reward faculty who sponsor a Corps. –Advantages: Additional evaluation data a plus.

51 Successes and Challenges Address Q14: How many more years will it take to demonstrate the full potential of the Alliance? Address Q15: Are there unmet resource needs for the Alliance?

52 Successes and Challenges Address Q11: Has participation in the Alliance activities raised any issues for the faculty involved? Address Q15: Are there unmet resource needs for the Alliance?

53 Evaluation Successes and Challenges Address Q1: The STARS Alliance features a broad scope (middle school to graduate school) across three categories of population (gender, ethnic, disability), with a variety of outreach, research, mentoring, and career counseling components. Characterize, quantitatively if possible, what has been attempted within this scope of activity and what has been achieved to date. To what extent have each of the target groups been reached? Each of the pipeline stages?

54 Evaluation Successes and Challenges Address Q3: What new measures of impact/outcome have been developed to capture what the Alliance is seeking to achieve, i.e., beyond traditional pre-post test measures appropriately disaggregated (by gender, ethnicity, disability, and cohort) such as GPA, year-to-year retention, and degree attainment? For example, how have the observations in students' electronic journals been used by the Alliance institutions and Advisory Boards? Address Q4: Describe the benefits of the summer workshop to different categories of participant. Address Q7: What data is the Alliance using for comparison purposes? Are they national sources, local institutional information on students, some combination, or other? Explain.

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