Seminar Details

Broadening Participation Among Women and Minorities in STEM: Understanding Educational Pathways from Community Colleges to Four-Year Universities

Soko Starobin, Iowa State University
Thursday, November 21, 11:00 AM - Women and Minorities in Science Lecture
NSCL Lecture Hall

In this presentation, Starobin will share results from Iowa survey study that used her own instrument (212 items organized with 67 questions) known as: STEM Student Success Literacy (SSSL) survey. SSSL survey measures community college studentsí self-efficacy, social capital, and transfer knowledge that help students to successfully and seamlessly transfer from a community college to a four-year university in STEM fields. This study explores how institutions of higher education directly and indirectly create a learning environment that promotes the success of women and minorities. In this presentation, Starobin will focus on key factors that help traditionally underrepresented students and show the level of literacy of community college students regarding their transfer readiness for obtaining a baccalaureate degree in STEM fields. Soko S. Starobin is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Starobin began her higher education in Architecture at Toyota National College of Technology in Japan. As a transfer student, she continued her education and obtained a doctorate in Higher Education from University of North Texas. Starobin joined the Office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP) in 2004 and appointed as Assistant Professor at Iowa State University in 2008. She is currently serving as the Director of OCCRP. Her research agenda focuses on gender issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields among community college students. She served as the lead-guest editor of the Special Issue on Community Colleges for the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering (volume 16, issue 1, 2010). Her research in STEM fields among community colleges and her early career accomplishments have been recognized as the 2010 recipient of the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community College. At Iowa State University, she serves as the Internal Evaluator and evaluation team leader of the IINspire-LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) project, working with campus directors from 15 alliance institutions. Additionally, Starobin serves as PI of the evaluation team for the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium comprised by all 15 community colleges in the state, funded by the Department of Laborís Employment Training Administration as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.