1. Ivetta Abramyan
  2. Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
  4. Florida State College at Jacksonville
  1. Christopher Lee
  2. Professor
  4. Florida State College at Jacksonville
  1. Holly Wiegreffe
  2. Professor of Chemistry
  4. Florida State College at Jacksonville

Building Opportunities for STEM Success

NSF Awards: 1712166

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)


Although community colleges play a crucial role in STEM education and workforce development, “research on community college STEM students and their pathways is limited and does not inform current reform efforts” (Van Noy & Zeidenberg, 2014). The Building Opportunities for STEM Success (BOSS) project addresses this research gap through an evidence-generating project designed to evaluate the impact of strategically embedding key study skills into six cross-sector STEM courses: College Algebra, Earth & Space Science, Life in its Biological Environment, Introduction to General Chemistry, Hardware Configuration (IT) and Introduction to Engineering.

In 2015, FSCJ’s Dean of Mathematics conducted a needs analysis that revealed that students’ insufficient study skills were negatively impacting their STEM course performance and dampened their enthusiasm to continue their studies in a STEM field. Led by a passionate group of interdisciplinary STEM faculty members, BOSS has created and embedded new study skills learning tutorials and activities to improve interest, engagement and learning gains for students in STEM courses.

In this video, students and instructors describe their experience as participants in the project and discuss its impact in their STEM classes and beyond.


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