Overview and Logistics

Currently accounting for over 50% of the nation's undergraduate population, community colleges represent a crucial pipeline to four-year colleges and the science workforce. Despite the overwhelming employment opportunities for entering students, enrollment in science programs has remained unchanged or has even decreased at community colleges.

Reversing this trend requires strong undergraduate science programs that not only attract students from all demographics but also provides the resources necessary for their success within the program and upon transfer or entry into the workforce. However, several barriers impact the recruitment, retention, and graduation of community college science majors, including the diverse nature of students with respect to academic preparation, economic standing, and a sense of support and career opportunities.

In this full-day workshop, we will discuss strategies departments and individual faculty can use to recruit new students, retain current students, and increase success within their classes while maintaining high standards for completion.

Workshop Goals

  1. Establishing a regional network of science educators to share educational resources and opportunities
  2. Develop institutional plans to broaden participation in the science programs
  3. Develop strategies to support and encourage success of all students in the sciences

Date and times

This program will begin at 9:30AM on Friday, November 22, 2019.


Participants are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the program. Each participant is expected to bring example exams (for their own review) and an in-class activity that they wish to revise or develop. Participant should bring a laptop to work on throughout the workshop. If a laptop is needed one may be supplied--please inform the convener prior to the workshop if you will need a laptop.


This workshop is free to participants, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.


Please register by November 15, 2019

Registration Form

Facilities, Directions, and Parking

This workshop will be held at Suffolk County Community College's Ammerman Campus. In the Millie Green room of the Babylon Student Center.

Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 62. Proceed north on Nicolls Road (CR97) about 2 miles to first traffic light. Turn right at the main campus entrance. Park in lot 7 and follow signs to the Babylon Student Center.


Lunch will be served