The final report from the 2010 ATE Birds of a Feather sessions is now available:
ATE Student Success:
Building a Diverse and Entrepreneurial Workforce
Save the date for the 2011 meeting: October 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC!
The 2010 ATE Birds of a Feather sessions feature a common structure to address a set of overarching questions centered on the conference theme, ATE Student Success: Building a Diverse and Entrepreneurial Workforce. The goals of these sessions are to identify key issues and promising strategies for building a diverse and entrepreneurial workforce from across the ATE community, as well as identify measures for effectively gauging progress.
For the sessions, ATE conference participants will separate according to the disciplinary group that most closely aligns with the focus of their ATE project or center. For projects and centers that are multidisciplinary in scope, team members are encouraged to split up among the different disciplinary groups to maximize networking and contribute to discussion within a broader section of the ATE community.
Within each disciplinary group meeting room, participants will then choose a table that focuses on either underserved populations or workplace and entrepreneurial skills. Guided by a facilitator, each group will use a scenario-based learning exercise to discuss a common set of questions. The small groups will then work together to synthesize their responses for a summary to present to the full room.
Reports from all of the disciplinary groups will be combined by ATE Conference staff following the sessions. A brief synthesis of the discussion outcomes will be presented at Friday morning's plenary. A more detailed report will be prepared and distributed after the conference.
AACC and NSF thank you for participating in this high visibility, high quality, and high stakes opportunity to learn from the ATE community!
Guide for Room Scribes (PDF)
Room Facilitator Orientation (Powerpoint)
Table Facilitator Orientation (Powerpoint)
Room Scribe Orientation (Powerpoint)
Visual of Wall Station (PDF)
Room Facilitator Script (PDF)
SCENARIO FOR DISCUSSION
In recognition of your outstanding leadership and accomplishments as an entrepreneurial educator, you have been recruited to serve on a joint AACC/NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force. The task force has received disturbing information:
Your Blue Ribbon Task Force must either:
The input of each member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force is crucial — NSF and AACC greatly value your opinions and contributions. The discussions will be captured and synthesized to produce a report detailing promising strategies and resources in building a diverse and entrepreneurial U.S. workforce.
DISCIPLINARY GROUPS AND ROOM ASSIGNMENTS
Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources
Biotechnology, Section 1
Biotechnology, Section 2
Chemical Processing and Refining Technologies
Energy Production and Energy Efficiency
Engineering Technology, Section 1
Engineering Technology, Section 2
Information and Communication Technologies
Information Assurance, Secure Logistics, and Forensics Technologies
Micro- and Nanotechnologies
Research & Outreach/Learning & Evaluation