ESTEEM sponsors education research on issues affecting engineering transfer students, directed by Professor Michael Gerber of UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. The research will advance our understanding of how curricular and co-curricular activities support community college transfer and subsequent student success in Engineering.

The objectives of the research are:

  1. Develop a valid instrument to identify academic talent for Engineering among community college, post-transfer, and traditional students
  2. Identify the factors that contribute to persistence in Engineering
  3. Identify program interventions that may promote successful student outcomes

Research Team

Michael Gerber

Michael Gerber
Director of Educational Research
Emeritus Professor, Ph.D.

Adam Garber

Adam Garber
Project Coordinator, Graduate Student Researcher
Doctoral Student, Education

Veronica Fematt

Veronica Fematt, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Javier Pulgar

Javier Pulgar, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Education

Research Reports: Survey Item Development

  • Measuring Technology & Engineering Literacy Item Design
  • Academic and Social Adjustment Item Design
  • Mentorship Quality Item Design
  • Problem Solving Styles and Collaborative Skills Item Design

ESTEEM Partner Community Colleges

Research Links