Published March 5, 2024 | Version v1
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Every Last Drop: Reflections on a Small Enrollment Program

  • 1. Indikus Evaluation and Planning, Ashland City, Tennessee
  • 2. Department of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee


Is it worth the effort for community colleges to pursue NSF ATE grant funds for small enrollment programs? This manuscript describes our experiences with a program that served 11 students and four local employers in a high-need field. This collaborative writing effort is presented as a grant program postmortem review to share our experiences and review pertinent literature so that others, particularly prospective community college grant recipients and evaluators of those grants, may learn from our experiences. We discussed ways we were able to leverage a small program to our advantage and the size-specific issues that we were unable to resolve.



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