This report was prepared as an analysis of the first annual status report. It was meant to help understand the ATE program, and make preparations for upcoming surveys and site visits.
This report describes the outcomes and processes used to determine expert opinion of the
quality of materials developed through the ATE program. A detailed scoring rubric was
developed based on existing research and expert review, and experts in technological
fields, instructional design, and technological education used the rubric to review the
materials. Of the 65 projects and centers that had reported being involved in materials
development on the yearly ATE survey in 2002, 37 responded to our request to send us a
copy of their best material to review. Preliminary review reduced the number of
materials to 29 judged suitable and sufficiently complete for review.
This report presents results from the fourth annual survey of ATE projects. Intended as a means to provide evidence of the work of ATE projects and centers, this survey is part of a larger effort to evaluate the ATE program.
This third annual survey of projects and centers describes these projects’ efforts and impacts and through them provides insights to the parent National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. When combined with other information and criteria, these annual descriptive findings and indices provide a basis for judging the overall impact and effectiveness of the ATE program. Findings from this survey are expected to be useful to NSF staff in preparing their annual GPRA reports and making programmatic decisions. ATE projects are likely to use survey results to learn about the activities and findings of other projects and to serve their own improvement needs.
This report addresses nine issues of interest to ATE program stakeholders: Collaboration, dissemination, materials development, professional development, program improvement, advisory committees, evaluation, recruitment and retention,and sustainability.
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Author(s): Arlen Gullickson, Frances Lawrenz, Gloria Rogers, Gloria Tressler, Karen Powe, Lester Reed, Norman Gold, Thomas Owens, Wayne Welch
Sustainability is the ability to prolong or to supply with sustenance. This straightforward
definition takes on a much more complex character when considered in relation to the
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program because of the diverse nature of this
program (i.e., operates under several drivers [e.g., collaboration, program improvement]
and makes awards to projects and centers). Setting these complexities aside, in a simple
sense, sustainability for the ATE program could mean continuation of whatever activities
had been supported by the NSF grant, including institutionalization. This is consistent
with the definition given for sustainability by the Community College Research Center
(CCRC) in their study of the ATE program as well. They defined sustainability as “The
state where the major activities involved in the ATE program continue even after the
grant expires.” Naturally, outcomes or processes that are not successful or of high quality
should not be sustained. This places a burden on the ATE projects (i.e., projects and
centers) and NSF to determine where efforts for sustainability should be focused.
This report presents the results from a targeted study designed to address the accountability of the ATE program in terms of its impact on the business and industry workforce.