In October 2005, the National Science Foundation awarded Eastern Michigan University a five year grant to support the project entitled “Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience: Developing Integrated Science Curriculum to Increase STEM* Graduates.”
The intent of the project is to implement interventions that support high academic standards, promote faculty collaboration across disciplines, and increase student performance and persistence in demanding fields.
The project introduced its first CSIEs in Fall 2006.
CSIE Project Goals:
- Improve student success rate, in STEM courses by developing CSIEs: clusters of courses based ona common theme.
- Support student academic-career development and subject-mastery skills by producing integrated and experiential learning activities for the CSIEs.
- Offer faculty a wide range of professional development, course released-time, and support to produce and sustain integrated content and pedagogical shifts in course and content delivery.
- Institutionalize key project components to ensure that the CSIE Program is brought to full scale by the fifth year and sustained beyond project completion.
- Evaluate the results of CSIE on STEM students' recruitment, retention, academic progress, and graduation rates, and broadly disseminate the results of this effort to other universities nationally.
CSIE Measurable Outcomes:
- Improve retention in STEM (short term)--number of majors declared and retained in STEM one year after the CSIE experience.
- Improve academic progress to Graduation (long term)--number of STEM credits/term, timely completion of pre-requisites courses, correct course sequencing within major/minor programs, reduced course repeats due to E grades and withdrawals.
- Improve factors that affect the above incuding faculty relationships, student committment to STEM study and careers, student connection to the community with science as means of meeting community needs and solving community problems.
- Faculty incorpoate specific teaching strategies to make the connections among classes more transparent and accessible to first and second-year students. Strategies developed during CSIE Faculty Fellows Institutes include:
- Interdiscplinary, theme based experiences,
- Research-specific skill development and team building,
- Academic service-learning (AS-L) experiences and community-based research,
- Timely academic advising, long-term academic planning, and
- Career exploration and opportunities for mentorship with faculty and community profesionals.
Download a pdf version of the CSIE Brochure.
*science, technology, engineering and mathematics.