Presentation on theme: "Student Success through Service: Creating Connections with the Community Dr. Waded Cruzado President Campus Compact Presidents Leadership Summit 2010 October."— Presentation transcript:
Student Success through Service: Creating Connections with the Community Dr. Waded Cruzado President Campus Compact Presidents Leadership Summit 2010 October 13, 2010
Montana State University One University –4 campuses Bozeman Billings Great Falls Havre -7 Experimental Agricultural Centers -55 Extension County Offices
“Designing Our Community” Program Goals Goal 1: Recruitment –Increase the motivation and pre-entry academic preparation of Native American students. Goal 2: Retention –Help shape the engineering, engineering technology, and computer science workforce by increasing the number of Native American students graduating from the College of Engineering. Goal 3: Professional Development –Improve access to quality engineering and technology to rural and underserved populations by returning highly educated professionals to these communities.
“Designing Our Community” Seminar Background 1-credit seminar Building community (same place and time/week) Encouraging mentoring Highlighting support programs Engaging in professional development Problem: redundancy for upper classmen
“Designing Our Communities” Seminar Objectives Utilize the skills of each team member to deliver a one-of-a-kind product. Refine the ability to communicate, plan, execute, and resolve conflict in a team. Have a better understanding of how engineering/computer science can meet society’s needs. Network with peers, professionals and mentors. Evaluate professional/personal strengths and weaknesses.
Why American Indians and service learning in engineering? Service learning encourages responsibility engages students with their community provides leadership development promotes further education Service learning in engineering enhances motivation develops meaningful connections with peers, faculty, staff broadens citizenship fosters design experience, teamwork, communication skills
Service Learning Projects Spring ‘06 - Develop an engineering related activity for 8 th grade math Spring ‘07 - Participate as a project team in one of four community projects Spring ‘08 – Research and write unfunded, undone Indian Health Service Projects for senior design capstone courses Spring ‘09 – Feasibility study for new reservation high school on alternative energy investment Spring ‘10 – Boys and Girls club energy and utility assessment on Northern Cheyenne reservation
Persistence for American Indian students in service learning Persistence:Persistence: American Indian students retained in engineering from Fall to Fall semester. Service Learning (SL):Service Learning (SL): students successfully passing a service learning course. No SL:No SL: students not taking or not passing a SL course.