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Wednesday, November 14 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Designing for Scale to Impact System-wide Student Success

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To realize the significant change we seek in student success trajectories, solutions have to be implemented across a system at scale. However, scale can be difficult to achieve and maintain. Designing, launching, and supporting an initiative at scale brings its own unique challenges and benefits. Can an initiative launched at scale support a system-level model for promoting student engagement and success across an entire Commonwealth? This session highlights the efforts of the STEM Starter Academy Initiative, administrated through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, to support the STEM pipeline at all 15 of the public community colleges in Massachusetts. Through this work the campuses have built upon existing STEM programming to provide a cohesive set of student supports through the coordination of different offices on campuses and by learning from each other on what is working to impact student retention rates and program completion. This work has spawned several vibrant partnerships, and connected an active and diverse learning community that is deeply committed to inter- and intra-campus collaboration.

During this session we will review key steps in designing for scale, highlighting specific instances of success, challenge, and emergent best practice. Audience members will learn about implementing an initiative at the system level (at scale) through the lens of STEM Starter Academy programming. Key steps in the process of implementing and supporting work at scale will be highlighted during this session, as well as the practices and lessons learned that have helped shape this initiative into a true learning community that can be applied to other regional and state-wide partnerships.


Allison Little

Executive Director, STEM, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education


Meghan Abella-Bowen

Associate Dean for STEM Initiatives, Bristol Community College

Jeremiah Johnson

Senior Research Manager, UMass Donahue Institute

Valerie Kapilow

STEM Starter Academy Project Director, Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm EST
Meeting Room C

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