HR: 1340h
AN: ED23A-1233    [Abstracts]
TI: Design and Implementation of an Evaluation Methodology for the NASA Faculty Fellowship Program (NFFP)
AU: * Estes, M G
EM: maury.estes@msfc.nasa.gov
AF: Universities Space Research Association, NSSTC 320 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805 United States
AU: Miller, M
EM: mona.miller@msfc.nasa.gov
AF: Universities Space Research Association, NSSTC 320 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805 United States
AU: Freeman, M
EM: michael.freeman@nasa.gov
AF: University of Alabama, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Box 870280, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0280 United States
AU: Watson, C
EM: c.watson@asee.org
AF: American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600 , Washington, DC 20036-2479 United States
AU: Khalkho, M
EM: m.khalkho@asee.org
AF: American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600 , Washington, DC 20036-2479 United States
AU: Smith, T
EM: tammy.smith@msfc.nasa.gov
AF: Universities Space Research Association, NSSTC 320 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805 United States
AB: The NFFP was created in 2002 to accommodate the needs and capabilities of both NASA and the university community. The program combines aspects of two successful former NASA programs, the NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program and the NASA/USRA JOint VEnture (JOVE) program. The NFFP contributes directly to NASA's strategic goal to "inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics", and NASA's Office of Education strategic objective to "strengthen NASA's involvement in higher education to enhance the nation's science and technology capability in NASA related fields to help meet NASA's future personnel needs." The primary goals of the NFFP are to increase the quality and quantity of research collaborations between NASA and the academic community that contribute to Agency research objectives; provide research opportunities for college and university faculty that serve to enrich their knowledge base; involve faculty in cutting-edge science and engineering challenges related to NASA's strategic enterprises, while providing exposure to the methods and practices of real-world research; facilitate interdisciplinary networking; and establish an effective education and outreach activity to foster greater awareness of the program. Participants are required to submit a research report and complete a program evaluation. The NFFP is evaluated using Web-based survey instruments in the NASA Education Evaluation Information System (NEEIS) that have been designed to collect data that measure program activities and accomplishments against program goals and NASA's education programs evaluation criteria. Data are collected from Faculty Fellows, NASA Colleagues, and students who accompanied Faculty Fellows. Participant Feedback Forms gather quantitative and qualitative information on research accomplishments, the benefits and impacts of the program, and overall program evaluation data. Follow-up feedback instruments are designed to collect data that measures the effectiveness of the program in advancing sustained partnerships beyond the summer research collaboration, and the impact of the program on faculty's and students' accomplishments and career goals after participation in the program. An Annual Program Report is produced that highlights participants' accomplishments, statistical analysis, addresses issues, and provides recommendations for program enhancements.
UR: http://www.asee.org/resources/fellowships/nsfro/index.cfm
DE: 0840 Evaluation and assessment
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005