UMUC at STEMtech 2015

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The League for Innovation in the Community College joined forces with the talent behind UMUC’s 2014 Analytics Summit to bring the best of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and technology to a broad audience of college and university faculty, K-12 teachers, administrators, government officials and business representatives recently in Phoenix, AZ. STEMtech 2015 was an opportunity for a diverse group to explore research, best practices, and innovations that support the broader agenda of student success at community colleges and 4-year institutions.

Conference tracks included:

  • Learning Analytics
  • Advanced Technology Systems and Learning Management Architecture
  • Using Analytics to Recruit, Retain, and Transition Students
  • Advances in E-Learning
  • Health and Science
  • Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture
  • Manufacturing, Energy, Aerospace, and Agriculture
  • Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts

Denise Nadasen, UMUC’s Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Kathleen Wessman, Vice President, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Montgomery College, presented Collaborative Partners Mine for Transfer Student Success on the Kresge funded Predictive Analytics for Student Success (PASS) project with UMUC, Montgomery College, and Prince George’s Community College. The project goals were to build an integrated, cross-institutional database of student information and academic performance data to identify factors to improve community college transfer student success and persistence/completion.

Debra McLaughlin, Program Chair in Science and Environmental Management in The Undergraduate School, presented a poster session on how collaborating with a community college improved student success in an upper-level biotechnology course at UMUC. She also presented two other sessions, one on implementing the Open Learning Initiative in a high-enrollment general biology course, and another on improving student engagement and success rates in two life sciences courses focusing on personal health and nutrition.

UMUC’s College and University Partnerships group also represented UMUC at Stemtech 2015 with Luke Kasim, Megan Tuozzo and Eva Raczka staffing a booth in the exhibitor’s hall to share information about the university’s Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration program and our robust Community College Alliance Program.


UMUC’s College and University Partnerships team members Eva Raczka, Luke Kasim, and Megan Tuozzo joined Stemtech conference exhibitors to share information with attendees on UMUC’s Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration and Community College Alliance Program.

“Sharing innovative approaches, methods, and findings with our partners and colleagues at Stemtech and other similar convenings is a cornerstone of UMUC’s commitment to improving learning outcomes and college completion rates,” said Karen Vignare, Vice Provost for UMUC’s Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success.


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