Exploring Change in Two-Year Colleges


Exploring Change in Two-Year Colleges

Seeking teams from Two-Year Colleges (2YCs) to apply for a new NSF-funded workshop series, “Exploring Academic Unit-Level Change at Two-Year Colleges” (#2230271)! This opportunity is designed for Two-Year College (2YC) faculty and staff interested in enhancing undergraduate education across a STEM academic department or unit. Project participants will explore and collectively define approaches to change that are supportive of STEM-related units in 2YCs. Outcomes of participating include creating a Change Exploration Team (CET), exploring ways of implementing department-wide educational change in a two-year college context, gaining individual skills to support educational change, and testing ideas through a small-scale project on campus.

A CET is a working group of at least 3 faculty, staff, administrators, and potentially students, formed to explore change processes in Two-Year College (2YC) STEM academic contexts. Up to fifteen CETs from a variety of Two-Year Colleges (2YC) will participate in a four-part workshop series taking place between August 2023 and August 2024. Teams supporting a STEM department or another STEM-related academic unit within a 2YC within the US are eligible to apply. A workshop series will support CETs in collectively choosing, designing, and carrying out a small, local change-related project.

The project team is being led by two 2YC STEM faculty members with professional development experience and supported by researchers with expertise in evidence-based institutional change. The project team will facilitate the workshops and focus on exploring and supporting change topics and CET project work. Their primary goal is to create an environment in which CETs are likely to achieve success. 

Find more information, including the full call and application >

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1st, 2023.