MISO is a campus-wide project that seeks to determine the collective STEM impact of NC State University through its pre-college outreach and extension programs. The project team worked to integrate longitudinal student and staff databases with an innovative approach to evaluation across the university’s K-12 STEM education outreach programs, particularly those funded by the National Science Foundation.
A critical part of this project was the long-term assessment of the participants through the creation and collection of common STEM Outreach Evaluation Protocols and indicators of success. This includes tracking participation in STEM outreach programs and following the impact they had on eventual enrollment of participants in NC State University and STEM areas of study.
The project defined valid survey methods and measurable outcomes for both teachers and students involved in STEM outreach. These final methods will be utilized, duplicated and shared in the future by any STEM outreach project.