Implementation Activities

Summer Training Workshops for Instructors:

Agenda May 28 - 29, 2019:

A two-day summer training workshop is held at A&M-SA t
o ensure effective integration of the cyber security modules and the MEAs developed into the various computing courses.  A&M-SA PIs provide the necessary materials and coach the instructors of the various computing courses on how to adapt their classroom to achieve the teaching goals and learning outcomes using the cyber security modules and MEAs.


Objective 1: Broaden, scaffold, and strengthen the pipeline of Hispanic students, including women, entering the field of computing and cyber security.

  • Establishing a strong partnership between community colleges (CCs) and four-year institutions
  • Advising support from faculty, counselors, and peers
  • Responsive support for underrepresented minority groups
  • Responsive support for gender differences
  • Involvement of the computing industry

Objective 2: Develop an innovative CS undergraduate curriculum with cyber security integrated throughout the curriculum to meet the demands of the workforce.

  • Developing and teaching Cyber Security Modules to be incorporated into several Computing core/elective courses

Objective 3: Increase the retention rates of Hispanic students, including women, in computing

  • Implementing Model-Eliciting Activities (MEA) in teaching Cyber Security modules
  • Conducting Summer Training Workshops for Instructors

Objective 4: Strengthen the marketability of graduating students by providing them with a Certificate in cyber security education

  • Providing a prestigious NSA Cyber Defense Education (CDE) certificate upon graduation, without taking any additional courses

Project Outcomes: a) The outcomes of each strategy will be collected and reported each year. Monitored data will be broken down by gender and ethnicity. b) increased participation rates of students in computing: enrollment data by gender and ethnicity in the program will be monitored every semester in Fall 2020 to Summer 2022 from both CCs and A&M-SA. c) increased retention rates of students by gender and ethnicity in computing: persistent and retention rates will be monitored every semester in Fall 2019 to Summer 2022 from both CCs and A&M-SA.

Project Deliverables: The deliverables of each strategy will be collected and reported on a periodic basis to NSF. Additionally, the overall project deliverables will include qualitative and quantitative assessment data and results, student learning outcomes and assessments, three annual project evaluation reports, two yearly project reports, one final project report, and journal articles and conference proceedings.