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Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) NSF ATE Evaluation (2015-2018)

Suffolk County Community College (www.sunysuffolk.edu; SCCC) is implementing an Advanced Technical Education (ATE)-funded effort to advance New York State’s ongoing investment in sustainable energy industry growth, addressing the consequent need for skilled workers at entry, intermediate, and advanced levels on Long Island. Hezel Associates was hired by SCCC to conduct an implementation and impact evaluation of The Leading Innovation through Green High-Tech Engineering, Sustainability & Security (LIGHTES^2) program. Hezel Associates researchers will adhere to evaluation guidelines of ATE-funded programs set forth by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Hezel Associates’ comprehensive evaluation plan integrates (a) monitoring implementation of proposed project activities; (b) feedback to inform project improvement (formative evaluation); and (c) assessment of the effectiveness of the project, in terms of achieving its goals and contributing to the body of STEM content and knowledge-building practices (summative evaluation). Hezel Associates will provide an independent external evaluation to support all three purposes and generate findings from which judgments can be made regarding further investment in understanding sustainable energy curricula. A mixed methods approach to assess both implementation and impact will be utilized by Hezel Associates researchers, using methods specifically designed for SCCC, including: annual interviews with project staff regarding implementation, an annual review of project documentation, an annual questionnaire to assess outcomes of educators participating in the Summer Workshops, and an annual participant questionnaire to determine their perceptions of the program. Hezel researchers will analyze quantitative and qualitative data to support findings, and provide SCCC with evidence-based recommendations to continually improve LIGHTES^2 in the form of annual data summaries.