1. Elizabeth Zulick
  2. Lowell Institute School
  3. An Accelerated Pathway from Associates to Master's Degree in Biotechnology
  4. https://web.northeastern.edu/nsfa2m/
  5. Northeastern University
  1. Jared Auclair
  2. Associate Dean of Professional Programs and Graduate Affairs
  3. An Accelerated Pathway from Associates to Master's Degree in Biotechnology
  4. https://web.northeastern.edu/nsfa2m/
  5. Northeastern University
  1. Mariluci Bladon
  2. Department Chair
  3. An Accelerated Pathway from Associates to Master's Degree in Biotechnology
  4. https://web.northeastern.edu/nsfa2m/
  5. Middlesex Community College
  1. Kemi Jona
  2. Assistant Vice Chancellor
  3. An Accelerated Pathway from Associates to Master's Degree in Biotechnology
  4. https://web.northeastern.edu/nsfa2m/
  5. Northeastern University
  1. Lauren Sadler
  2. Biotech Navigator
  3. An Accelerated Pathway from Associates to Master's Degree in Biotechnology
  4. https://web.northeastern.edu/nsfa2m/
  5. Northeastern University
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    Elizabeth Zulick

    Lead Presenter
    Lowell Institute School
    May 11, 2021 | 08:04 p.m.

    Thanks for viewing our video! We would love for any thoughts on how to scale our program to other STEM fields and other sites outside of Boston, MA! Please feel free to post any additional questions or comments!

     
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    Yolanda Abel

    Facilitator
    Associate Professor
    May 15, 2021 | 01:26 p.m.

    This is a great opportunity; loved the way the students described the flexibility of the program and how it worked with their real lives versus them needing to change (and not being able to ) to adopt to the traditional college model.  

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    Martha Dufresne

    May 11, 2021 | 10:10 p.m.

    Great presentation

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    Martha Dufresne

    May 11, 2021 | 10:10 p.m.

    Great presentation

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    Gerhard Salinger

    Facilitator
    Former Program Officer (NSF)
    May 11, 2021 | 11:07 p.m.

    The video and the abstract describe this interesting program.  Has it gone on long enough that you have outcomes?  What has been the experiences of student in the program?   How have courses at each academic level changed as a result of this program?  Some of the success seems to rely on funding for students.  What are your ideas on how to sustain the program after NSF funding ends?   What funding would be necessary for similar programs in other disciplines? 

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    Elizabeth Zulick

    Lead Presenter
    Lowell Institute School
    May 12, 2021 | 08:55 a.m.

    Hi Gerhard! Thanks for these great questions!

    We do have some exciting results so far: over 111 unique scholars have been received scholarships, with over 55% being first generation learners, 64% female and 53% under-represented minorities in STEM fields. Excitingly, our retention rate is over 90% at all three levels (AS, BS and MS!).

    Students have been really successful and eager to take on the next degree--we are actually over subscribed in the MS level, but have secured additional philanthropic funds to make it work! The average age of student population is 27, so over 75% of our scholars are working while they are in school. We have not had to change our courses in response to this program, but we are constantly updating our courses to align with the changing biotechnology field. 

    We are currently working on a similar model in the IT space, as there is already a robust student pathway and employers who are eager to engage! Here we are relying on the industry partner to help with the financial component. 

    On-going funding is critical, as we have found it so important to remove cost as a barrier to education. We are pursuing this in two ways--one is by working with various philanthropic partners to provide funding, and the second is by working with industry partners for both donations and job opportunities for our learners where they will pay for the scholars tuition (as an employment benefit)--similar to a Learn and Earn model. We are hoping this will allow us to grow and scale this program.

    If anyone has any additional ideas on how to procure funds--please let us know :-)

     
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    Yolanda Abel
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    Kemi Jona

    Co-Presenter
    Assistant Vice Chancellor
    May 12, 2021 | 03:55 p.m.

    Gerhard!  It's great to hear from you and hope you are doing well.  Miss you at NSF!

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    Debbie Hurley

    Undergraduate Student
    May 12, 2021 | 06:47 a.m.

    What a great opportunity for students. Your presentation shows that the program is working so, I hope that funding will be ongoing. 

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    Kristen Lee

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2021 | 08:57 p.m.

    Phenomenal program!

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    Rita Hagevik

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 13, 2021 | 08:34 a.m.

    What a great program and this is what we need to do to assist students in getting into STEM fields for sure!

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    Joselina Cheng

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 13, 2021 | 02:46 p.m.

    Excellent program to help students complete their college degrees. Can you elaborate on the graduation rate and employment ratio?  Thanks in advance for sharing.

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    Elizabeth Zulick

    Lead Presenter
    Lowell Institute School
    May 13, 2021 | 02:58 p.m.

    Hi Joselina,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    The retention rate in the AS level is: 91%, at the BS level is: 92%, and at the MS level is: 95%.

    Our program caters to a "non-traditional" learner (average age is 28!), so the majority of learners work while they are in school. At the AS level 71% are working, at the BS level 78% are working and at the MS level 75% are working, so most are already employed so this isn't a success metric we focus on. That being said, today, we have more job opportunities that students looking! The demand in biotech in Mass is high and growing, with the entry level job in surplus being biomanufacturing.

    Hope this helps!

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    Susan Warshaw

    External Evaluator
    May 14, 2021 | 11:33 a.m.

    I was impressed by the way this program embraced flexibility and eased the stress on students by providing laptops and textbooks without administrative burden.

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    Elizabeth Zulick

    Lead Presenter
    Lowell Institute School
    May 16, 2021 | 07:47 p.m.

    Thank you! It has been no easy task, but our lending library is in full swing! The shift the online text books and codes has made it more challenging for us though, as it is way cheaper to share hard-copies of texts!!

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    Yolanda Abel

    Facilitator
    Associate Professor
    May 15, 2021 | 01:28 p.m.

    Elizabeth, have you published or made a white paper about the process. It seems like a field guide would be helpful for the type of replication you inquire about in your initial post. 

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    Elizabeth Zulick

    Lead Presenter
    Lowell Institute School
    May 16, 2021 | 07:48 p.m.

    We are working on a publication now--any suggestions on where (or how?) to publish a white paper? Feel free to email me too: e.zulick@northeastern.edu!

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    Gerhard Salinger

    Facilitator
    Former Program Officer (NSF)
    May 15, 2021 | 07:20 p.m.

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    The ATE-funded Convergence Technology Center at Collin College (TX), helps student develop successful resumes on LinkedIn.  This increases that possibility of students getting interviews.  They have guidelines for avoiding mistakes.  This may be useful to your students. 

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    Elizabeth Zulick

    Lead Presenter
    Lowell Institute School
    May 16, 2021 | 07:46 p.m.

    Awesome--thanks for sharing! I will look into this!

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    Jonee Wilson

    Assistant Professor
    May 16, 2021 | 10:40 p.m.

    What great work! Everything from real on-the-job-experiences to transportation assistance, tutors, and help getting textbooks. This program demonstrates what it means to provide appropriate accommodations for students. My project is trying to find ways to support students who are often pushed to the margins in the context of K-12 math classrooms and this work really demonstrates how it can look to continue to provide concrete supports for students in higher ed. Thank you for providing such a comprehensive model of this type of support!

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