Action Lab I: Ramping Up for STEM Success

September 30, 2011 to October 1, 2011
J.W. Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

(in advance of STEMtech Conference, October 2-5)

Goals: To bring together several leading two and four year institution partnerships who are working toward building, strengthening and expanding programs for guaranteed transfer of students from community college into four-year institution STEM programs. At the Action Lab they will share their models and discuss factors that have contributed to success, barriers they have faced or are facing, and next steps for the continuing development of their partnerships.


  1. To provide an opportunity for invited two-year and four-year campuses to learn from one another about best practices regarding STEM transfer programs.
  2. To provide time for regional two-year and four-year campus representatives to work together to create plans to advance their partnerships
  3. To contribute lessons learned and challenges ahead in order to shape a broader agenda for advancing STEM transfer programs at invited campuses and beyond.


Friday, September 30
5:00 pm: Opening reception and Dinner

7:30 pm: Opening plenary and Discussion

Creating the Context for Success in STEM: Inquiry, Analysis & Collaboration
Facilitators - William LaCourse & Philip Rous, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Saturday, October 1
8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Overview and Goals for the day

Ramping Up for STEM Success Project: Outcomes & Engagement
Facilitators - Susan Albertine, AAC&U, & Susan Elrod, PKAL-AAC&U

10:00 am: Small Group I and Report Out

State Teams Identify Lessons Learned in STEM Transfer

12:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Small Group II

State Teams Develop Action Research Plans

3:15 pm Report Out and Wrap Up

Participating Institutions

Anne Arundel Community College
Arizona State University
California State University East Bay
Chabot College
Cochise College
College of San Mateo
Community College of Baltimore County
Howard Community College
Las Positas College
Macomb Community College
Maricopa Community College District Office
Maricopa Community College District-Phoenix College
Maricopa Community College District-Rio Salado College
Montgomery College
Oakland Community College
University of Central Florida
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of Texas El Paso
Wayne State University

Location: Action Lab I will take place at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis.

Registration: This event is by invitation only. Specific registration instructions and logistics will be emailed to invited participants.