The purpose of this research is to examine the effectiveness of a model that purports to improve the sustainability of ATE projects and centers. According to Lawrenz, Keiser, & Lavoie (2003), several models for sustainability have been proposed in the organizational change literature. However, for the most part, the models are advocacy statements based on author experience rather than on empirical studies. These authors concluded there was little research directly related to sustainability.
“Successful Academic and Employment Pathways in Advanced Technologies” (NSF #1104214)
is an ATE Targeted Research on Technician Education partnership between Florida Advanced
Technological Education Regional Center of Excellence (FLATE) and an interdisciplinary team
of researchers from the University of South Florida (USF). PathTech responds to the growing
need to understand pathways to and from technician education programs and the technology
workforce through by interviewing students and key personnel in Tampa Bay high school career
academies, engineering technology (ET) AS/AAS programs, and advanced manufacturing
industry. This booklet contains summary findings from an evaluation of PathTech.
The purpose of this handbook is to help those who are responsible for conducting meetings, and for post-meeting activities. It is intended for the chairs of NVCs, the project leadership (PIs or a project coordinator) and for committee members.
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.
The development of high-quality materials to support the delivery of curricula and promote educational change is critical to the goals of the ATE program. This issue-oriented paper was written to provide a framework for the development of high-quality curriculum materials that can serve as a guide for those who are considering developing a proposal to the ATE program, and to guide NSF in the review of proposals and evaluation of funded projects and centers.