NSF STEP Two-Year/Four-Year Partnerships Working Group


We are a group of people from community colleges and universities around the country, working together to improve the CC-to-U transfer pathway for students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This wiki is our 'home on the web.' Join our merry band!
We welcome anyone with interest in:
  • supporting community college & transfer students in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM)
  • collaborations between community colleges and universities to support STEM transfer students
To become a member, please contact Kate Hulpke (khulpke@uoregon.edu).


In October 2009 the University of Oregon hosted a workshop on issues facing collaborative efforts of community colleges and universities to support CC and transfer students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This 35-person workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP). Eleven teams of university and community college personnel from eleven NSF-STEP projects participated, hailing from Indiana, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, the Baltimore-D.C. metro area, Oregon, Washington, and California. Participants tackled five issues facing two-year/four-year STEP partnerships:
  1. Ensuring success of STEM transfer students
  2. Creating undergraduate research opportunities for more community college students
  3. Choosing and tracking appropriate impact measures that span the different academic environments
  4. Fostering inter-institutional collaborations (joint CC-U research, joint professional development) - bridging distance and differences
  5. Sustaining and institutionalizing a project across multiple institutions, disseminating results
For each issue, our objective was to:
  • State our ideal vision - where we would like to be
  • Summarize current conditions and challenges - where we are in reality
  • Compile strategies for addressing the issue, their relative effectiveness, and metrics / indicators to assess effectiveness
  • Identify unresolved challenges, next steps to address them, and agents who can drive those next steps

Workshop Participants

The following STEP grants were represented at the Belknap Springs 2yr/4yr Partnership Workshop.
  • Environmental Leadership Pathway (ELP), University of California, Berkeley
  • The Next STEP program, Truman State University, Moberly Area Community College, St. Charles Community College, and Metropolitan Community College
  • Research and Science Visions Preparation (RSVP), SUNY Purchase and six community colleges
  • Science Engineering & Technology Gateway Ohio (SETGO), Bowling Green State University, Owens Community College
  • Science and Technology: Reaching Out to New Generations in Connecticut (STRONG-CT), University of Connecticut, Manchester Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College and Three Rivers Community College
  • Southwestern Indiana STEM (SwlSTEM) Initiative, University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College Southwest Indiana
  • (SySTEMS), Prince George's Community College
  • Talent Expansion in Science and Technology: An Urban Partnership (TEST-UP), California State University--Fullerton, Mount San Antonio College Santa Ana College
  • Undergraduate Catalytic Outreach and Research Experiences (UCORE): A Partnership between University of Oregon, Umpqua Community College, Lane Community College, Mount Hood Community College, and three campuses of Portland Community College
  • Strengthening Transitions into Engineering Programs (UNL-STEP), University of Nebraska--Lincoln, Nebraska's six community colleges
  • (WA-MCCP), University of Washington
  • NSF Northwest Engineering Talent Expansion Partnership (NW-ETEP), Washington State University, University of Washington, Highline Community College, Yakima Valley Community College, Columbia Basin Community College, and Seattle Central Community College

How To

For some wiki basics, click the -Help- link (top right).

To join this wiki please contact Kate Hulpke, khulpke@uoregon.edu.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-0949030.