The Next STEP Program
The Next STEP Program at Truman State University was an innovative, exciting set of initiatives designed to enrich the undergraduate curriculum through meaningful student-faculty interactions. Made possible by a $2.1 million grant, the program promoted cultural and curriculum change to increase the number of students who complete a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and better prepare them for the future that lies ahead.
The program was a collaborative effort between Truman State University and three important Missouri community colleges: Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City, St. Charles Community College, and Moberly Area Community College.
Grant-funded activities such as supplemental tutoring, curriculum development, scholarships, field trips to businesses in St. Louis and Kansas City, and a summer undergraduate research program for early-career students have concluded. Changes made to transfer student orientation in STEM have been institutionalized as has the STEP Office itself.
The STEP Office continues its support of STEM talent expansion efforts at Truman and throughout Missouri through a variety of programs. It’s faculty and staff continue to pursue external funding to support its mission. Their efforts to work efficiently and professionally and to leverage opportunities and resources for maximal community benefit contribute to Truman’s reputation as a first-class University to prepare to be a scientist or mathematician in a 21st century workforce.
|Support for The Next STEP was provided by the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) under grant DUE-0431664.|