UTA educator awarded NSF CAREER grant to focus on community college transfer students


UTA educator awarded NSF CAREER grant to focus on community college transfer students
  1. UTA educator awarded NSF CAREER grant to focus on community college transfer students
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    (University of Texas at Arlington) Yi 'Leaf' Zhang, an assistant professor in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to help community college transfer students more easily and quickly attain degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM…
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Yi "Leaf" Zhang, an assistant professor in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to help community college transfer students more easily and quickly attain degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields.

The NSF's Faculty Early CAREER Development Program is committed to promoting the role of teacher-scholars. Zhang's award for the project, titled "CAREER: Understanding Community College Transfer Students' STEM Choice, Performance, Persistence, and STEM Baccalaureate Degree Attainment: A Typological Analysis," is expected to total $452,257 during the next five years.

It is the first NSF grant awarded to UTA's College of Education.

"Through this project, I hope to develop a community college transfer student typology or definition of distinct subgroups," Zhang said. "From there, I'll discover the relationships between reference group membership and transfer students' STEM choice, performance, persistence and STEM baccalaureate degree attainment."

Zhang also plans to provide a better understanding of how transfer students in each reference group navigate their way to college and STEM success, including the unique challenges that they encounter, strategies that they have applied, and policies and practices that can best satisfy their needs for achievement.

"The findings of the research project can lead to development and implication of tailored support for transfer students," Zhang said. "There are many, many stories and underlying backgrounds for these transfer students. We believe the findings can also suggest effective intervention and prevention programs to help transfer students avoid taking missteps and wrong turns as they progress to obtaining baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields of study."

The research is tightly aligned with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's ambitious 60x30TX plan, which aims to prepare 60 percent of its 25- to 34-year-old workforce to have postsecondary credentials. It also supports UTA's initiatives to build a supportive environment where all students can flourish as scholars and citizens.

Zhang said past research has been limited to understanding factors that hinder or support students' STEM choice, performance, persistence and timely degree completion in four-year universities. However, much of the past research focused on students' socio-demographic variables and how these variables predict students' desired outcomes of college.

"These studies only enable researchers to identify which gender group, social class or race and ethnicity has a higher likelihood of outperforming the others in STEM education, but fail to address what underlying factors contribute to such a phenomenon," Zhang said. "These studies lead to minimal implications for higher education institutions, which seek to cultivate a successful STEM environment on campus, particularly for a growing body of…

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