Project Leadership

Director
Gina Poe (M)
ginapoe@ucla.edu


Co-Director
Megan McEvoy (R)
mcevoy@microbio.ucla.edu


Co-Director
Erin Sanders (L)
erins@ceils.ucla.edu


Administrative Support
Alfredo Morales (not pictured)
amorales@college.ucla.edu

Overview of Project

UCLA is among 12 universities nationally to be awarded a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to fund a series of campus workshops that bring together stakeholders and program leadership to share and discuss all co-curricular programs and curricular interventions that support and retain undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The first workshop was held on June 2, 2017. It focused on advising, tutoring, career and professional development, research and mentoring activities and other co-curricular student support programs.

A second workshop was held on May 2, 2018, examining changes in how courses are taught, how student outcomes are assessed, and how grades are assigned, as well as exploring ways to change the culture in and outside the classroom to better support students in their educational goals.

A third workshop was held on March 6, 2019, as a concurrent session at the inaugural campus wide teaching symposium co-hosted by UCLA’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly the Office of Instructional Development) and Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS). This all-day event, Teaching at UCLA: A Symposium to Showcase Innovation & Inspire Excellence, brought over one hundred stakeholders together to highlight and discuss best practices and identify opportunities to learn from one another. See below for more information and access to materials from all three AAU-sponsored workshops.

These workshops were organized by life sciences professors Gina Poe (IBP) and Megan McEvoy (MIMG), Co-Directors of UCLA’s new Center for Opportunities to Maximize Participation, Access, and Student Success (COMPASS), and by Erin Sanders O’Leary, Director of CEILS. Over 200 STEM stakeholders from across campus participated in these workshops.

Attending these workshops were the Deans of Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Public Health, the Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and other campus leaders. Findings from these workshops were shared with campus leaders to help inform funding priorities towards the overarching goal of lasting change in the teaching and learning culture across the university.

– click here for press release in UCLA Newsroom | March 2, 2017

– click here for access to COMPASS Life Sciences undergraduate resources supporting mentorship and research opportunities.

Workshop 1: Finding Synergies in Student Support Programs (June 2, 2017)


Workshop 2: Sharing Best Practices Across the Curriculum (May 2, 2018)

  • Keynote Speaker: David Webb, PhD., Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Lead Investigator for SEMINAL (Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning)
  • Click here for agenda
  • Click here to RSVP for this event (now closed)
  • Click here to access shared Google form for Q&A with speakers and poster presenters
  • Click here to access shared Box folder with slide template for breakout sessions (password required)

Workshop 3: Connecting Curricular and Co-Curricular Programs to Enhance Student Success (March 6, 2019)

  • This workshop was offered as a concurrent session at a campus wide event, Teaching at UCLA: A Symposium to Showcase Innovation & Inspire Excellence
    • Click here for the agenda to this all-day event and to access workshop materials and link to video of the seminar entitled, How Redefining Teaching Can Supercharge Learning, by keynote speaker Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas
  • Click here to access shared Box folder with slides from concurrent session (no password necessary)

Please note that workshops are by invitation only. Please contact Project Directors for more information if interested in participating in the workshops.