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1 Experiences in Broadening Participation in Computing www.StarsAlliance.org Jerlando Jackson (Evaluator) Tiffany Barnes (Co-PI) www.StarsAlliance.org The STARS Alliance:

2 STARS: Students & Technology in Academia, Research and Service Industry Partners Community Partners Minority Institutions Professional Organizations K-12 Partners Community Colleges STUDENTS Womens Institutions Research Universities The STARS Alliance NC State Meredith College Georgia Tech USF Lakeland Landmark College (Vermont) UNC Charlotte Spelman College Auburn Florida State Florida A & M Five Regional Partnerships

3 The STARS Alliance

4 Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 4 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Mission Broaden participation in computing for ALL students, particularly for underrepresented groups Target populations –middle school through graduate students How? –STARS Leadership: Instill a lifelong sense of responsibility to use computing to improve quality of life

5 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 5 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Alliance Projects Student Leadership Corps (SLC) Includes leadership for Students with Disabilities Pair Programming Teaching Math to the Visually Impaired African-American Researchers in Computer Science (AARCS)

6 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 6 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 SLC Student Leadership Corps (SLC) –Students will be introduced to mentoring, leadership skills, research experiences, preparation for graduate school, professional development, and civic engagement. This will be achieved through: SLC monthly seminar series, electronic journals, SLC assignments, and peer mentoring.

7 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 7 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Pair Programming Pair learning: –Driver/Navigator Pair programming benefits: –Comparable or better student performance & retention –Teachers prefer it (less work, higher quality results) Benefits outweigh the costs... –Some dysfunctional pair management –Need for pair evaluation (PairEval tool helps) Workshop: January 10-12, 2007 in Tampa –All are invited! Check out starsalliance.org for info

8 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 8 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 TMVI Teaching Math to the Visually Impaired –This demonstration project is an effort to teach math to visually impaired students. The mathgenie is a program developed with the goal of providing a personal math reader to blind students trying to learn math in K-12.

9 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 9 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Activities African-American Researchers in Computing Science –This is a demonstration project dedicated to increasing the participation of African American students attending HBCUs in research related positions. The three components of this project include: targeted presentations, future faculty mentoring, and an annual mini-conference.

10 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 10 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Year 1 Accomplishments Steering Committee: –First planning meeting held in January –Regular teleconferences for planning & update STARS Celebration –Successful Annual Conference held in August –Approx. 120 students, 25 faculty Student Leadership Corps –2 universities implemented in Summer 2006 –All implemented in Fall 2006

11 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 11 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Accomplishments Web portal –StarsAlliance.org Evaluation –Instrument development in progress Alliance Organizational evaluation instruments SLC pre-survey complete, post survey almost –Training of graduate SLC students in interview techniques –Pre-Interviews of some SLC students Coordination with UNC Charlotte REU Site Faculty recruiting at UNC Charlotte! Workshop on Pair Programming & Mentoring planned for January 10-12 in Tampa, FL

12 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 12 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Student Leadership Corps Hypothesis: students who participate in outreach, service, or research using their computing skills are more likely to be retained. They also assist in recruiting younger students. SLC is a framework that unifies effective practices –civic engagement, service learning, mentoring, professional development and research experiences.

13 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 13 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 SLC Components STARS Celebration Alliance-wide summer workshop (Atlanta 2006, Charlotte 2007, Florida 2008) Includes showcase of past SLC accomplishments. Sponsored by TIAA CREF in 2007. SLC monthly seminar series During Fall/Spring semesters at STARS and via webcast SLC leadership projects Outreach, research, service, internship Peer mentoring Have a mentor; serve as a mentor

14 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 14 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 STARS Celebration STARS Leadership –Past projects –How-tos & planning sessions for new projects Technical track –Exposure to different fields/research in computing Professional Development –Diversity –Communication skills –Life/work balance

15 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 15 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Celebration 2006 Address the elephant in the room –Diversity: race, ethnicity, differing abilities –Embrace the differences –Build community and move ahead Focus on diversity –Made some uncomfortable –But comfortable enough to give feedback –Uncovered stereotypes –Facilitated discussion

16 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 16 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Celebration 2006 Students enthusiastic about workshop –Empowered to take leadership –Technical sessions –Learning about other programs –Seeing diverse people in computing Faculty enthusiastic –Designed by committee with many agendas! –Still successful Next year: –More technical tracks, separate student/faculty tracks –Like a Grace Hopper Conference for BPC (i.e. not just women)

17 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 17 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Evaluation Comprehensive and cohesive evaluation of multiple programs Across multiple institutions Across multi-year participation Will allow insights for replication efforts Will bring insights about effects for: –Alliance structure –University Faculty –Students –K-12 Counselors, kids, parents, teachers Three-Tiered Outcomes Model: –Organizational Outcomes (e.g., Alliance) –Program Level Outcomes (e.g., Demonstration Projects) –Individual Level Outcomes (e.g., Students)

18 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 18 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Alliance Outcomes Increased student enrollment in computing and IT programs Increased student awareness about computing and IT Increased student readiness to enter computing and IT graduate school and workforce Increased participation of undergraduates entering computing and/or IT graduate school or workforce Increased graduate rates of computing and IT students Increased persistence and declaration of students majoring in computing or IT Increased college adjustment and GPA for students in computing or IT

19 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 19 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Alliance Outcomes Sustained Alliance Efficacy Institutionalize Alliance Partnerships Increased national awareness of effective practices for Alliance development Serve as a model and repository for BPC

20 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance Preliminary results

21 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 21 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Alliance infrastructure Time is major issue for both faculty & students Need tools to facilitate: –Collaboration –Communication –Management –Timelines & deadlines –Tracking –Reporting –Sharing resources

22 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 22 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Cross-institutional collaboration Faculty see this as very successful Students excited to meet students from other places Recruiting across Alliance! Looking forward to building more

23 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 23 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Synergy with existing programs Essential to success Examples: –Charlotte REU & CRA-DMP Summer 2006 –Mentoring on NCSU campus –Intel Opportunities at Georgia Tech Share resources and minimize work

24 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 24 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Recruiting students A challenge at first: What is STARS? Now: More students want to join! Creating ways for non-funded students to join –STARS Alliance club –Course credit, other avenues Creating ways to recognize participation

25 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 25 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Replication of best practices A Challenge! How do you make professors do something new? You must show how it benefits them Need a cookbook approach

26 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 26 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Effects of Alliance on faculty careers Writing circles Mentoring within the Alliance –happening informally Collaborations –Landmark College, REU Site proposal, Gaming programs at UNCC, Auburn

27 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 27 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Sustaining changes Student STARS Alliance club –Other methods for credit for participation? –Certificate, transcript credit, course credit Faculty recruiting at UNC Charlotte: –2 new black faculty, 2 new women Existence of Alliance is raising awareness: –Deans and departments are using STARS Leaders for recruiting and involving them in dept activities and policy-making, marketing

28 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 28 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 How can I become a star? Join our advisory boards Provide mentors through Industry affiliates Provide speakers for seminars or STARS Celebration Sponsorship Replicate our models –Replicate the evaluation as well

29 The STARS Alliance Students & Technology in Academics, Research, and Service STARS Alliance 29 Barnes & Jackson NSF-BPC 2006 Competing points of view… SLC –different implementations, same evaluation –everyone differing in approach to SLC Interventions: extracurricular v curricular? Impact on faculty careers –To do it or not to do it? –Told not to do it, but we do it anyway –Social relevance to engaging students but why not for faculty? –PUBLISH IT, tie it to metrics of success for faculty careers Different definitions of computing/IT Support, institutionalization, sustaining… Infrastructure

30 STARSAlliance.org Students & Technology in Academia, Research, and Service PI: Teresa Dahlberg tdahlber@uncc.edutdahlber@uncc.edu Co-PI: Tiffany Barnes tbarnes2@uncc.edutbarnes2@uncc.edu Lead Evaluator: Jerlando Jackson


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