STEM Stepping-Stones: Covering College Prep in the Summer
1 hour

What steps are under way to help incoming college freshmen prepare for their first semester of classes, particularly those in the STEM disciplines? Students planning to major in science, technology, engineering and math often make early exits from those fields, but switching a college major can be costly for the student and may even lead to dropping out altogether. From summer bridge programs that refresh rising freshmen on key concepts to learning communities that pair students and mentors, programs are emerging to help high school graduates enter college STEM courses prepared.


  • Lee Zia and Connie K. Della-Pianna of the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program
  • Bob Kolvoord of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach
  • Moderator: Michael Morella, associate editor at U.S. News & World Report.

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