About the MISO Project

MISO is a North Carolina State University campus-wide project funded by the National Science Foundation.  The material on this website is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL 1038154.   Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.

This project seeks to determine the collective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) impact of the university through its pre-college outreach and extension programs.

The MISO project has several goals and objectives.  The MISO project team works to creatively integrate NC’s longitudinal student and staff databases with an innovative approach to evaluation across NC State’s K-12 STEM education outreach programs, particularly those funded by NSF.  A critical part of this project is the longitudinal assessment of participant outcomes through development and collection of common STEM Outreach Evaluation Protocols and indicators of success.  The project will define valid survey methods and measurable outcomes for both teachers and students involved in STEM outreach that can also be utilized, duplicated and shared in the future by any STEM outreach project.

More information about the S-STEM and T-STEM survey instruments can be found on their individual pages. Non-NC State researchers and evaluators can request copies of the instruments by clicking on the Instrument Request Form link  and choosing the appropriate instruments. NC State K12 Outreach Providers should visit the NCSU Partners page of the MISO website for further information about survey use and the implementation process.  Please feel free to contact the Project Coordinator with any questions.

The vision for MISO is an integrated institutional structure that will allow pre-college programs to think and act strategically to meet the following goals:

1. Provide an innovative network of support and communications among land grant university-based outreach project directors and educational evaluation experts, creating a learning community to promote sharing of best practices and innovation that will deepen the impact of NC State’s pre-college STEM programs on students’ future academic and career choices.

2. Develop and demonstrate a system of data-driven planning and analysis guided by best practices to facilitate longitudinal assessment of participant outcomes through development of a common STEM Outreach Evaluation Protocol as well as a database integrating records of NC State K-12 outreach participants with NC Department of Public Instruction records and university enrollment.

3. Use the longitudinal assessment of outreach participant outcomes with in the university-wide outreach learning community to support more seamless transitions across critical educational junctures.

4. Broaden participation among underrepresented groups in pre-college STEM outreach activities through integrated recruitment and support strategies.

This proposal supports the formation of a collaborative learning community, bringing together STEM outreach providers and leaders, NC State’s student recruitment and enrollment management leadership, and experts in educational research and evaluation to collectively analyze and revise current outreach practices around robust data analytics. The MISO project is specifically aimed at evaluating students and teachers involved in STEM education outreach programs in an effective, longitudinal manner.

To ensure that the results obtained are valid and robust, proper methodology will be used to gather information from project participants, and for the development of a common STEM Outreach Evaluation Protocol.The new data-driven assessment tools will be used for MISO project research, and will be available to any STEM outreach campus program.  In this way, any STEM outreach project affiliated with NCSU, big or small, will have access to a valid tool in order to evaluate the impact of their project, as well as MISO research results.  Projects will work collaboratively during twice yearly workshop, providing a venue for opportunities for communication and the sharing of evaluation theories, issues, approaches, and practices in extension and informal education.

In the latter part of the MISO project, results and evaluation methods will be shared with other institutions in the University of North Carolina system, therefore giving them the ability to evaluate their own STEM impact through outreach and extension programs via our replicable model.

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MISO Project Team

The MISO Project Team consists of our Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigators, Project Coordinator, and our Data Analytics Team.  The MISO Project Team also receives guidance and support from our Advisory Committee members.

Warwick Arden

MISO Principal Investigator

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Provost’s Office

North Carolina State University




Eric Wiebe

MISO Co-Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Department of STEM Education

College of Education

North Carolina State University


Jose Picart

Co-Principal lnvestigator

Special Assistant to the Provost for Outreach and Engagement

Provost’s Office

North Carolina State University


 Scott Ragan

Co-Principal Investigator

Assistant Director, The Science House

North Carolina State University


Alonzo Alexander

MISO Research Assistant

Department of STEM Education

North Carolina State University


Jenifer Corn

MISO Data Analytics Team Leader

Director of Evaluation Programs

The William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation

North Carolina State University





LaTricia Townsend

MISO Data Analytics Team Member

Research Scholar

The William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation

North Carolina State University





Alana Unfried

MISO Data Analytics Team Member

Graduate Research Assistant

The William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation

North Carolina State University






MISO Advisory Committee

The following NC State faculty and staff are members of our Advisory Committee:

Robert Beichner
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Department, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Director of STEM Education Initiative, SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment)
Department of Physics, College of Physical and Mathematical Science

Laura J. Bottomley
Academic Affairs Director, Women in Engineering and Outreach
Department of Engineering
College of Engineering

Allen L. Cannedy
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Director
Dean’s Office
College of Veterinary Medicine

Cynthia DeLuca
Enrollment Management and Services Associate Vice Provost
Joyner Visitor Center

Mitzi N. Downing
Extension Assistant Professor and Specialist
4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences
NC Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Lisa Guion Jones
Chair of the CALS Diversity Council, Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Outreach, and Engagement
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

 Gail Jones
NC QUEST Co-Principal Investigator, Professor
Department of STEM Education
College of Education

Adrianna Kirkman
Academic Dean
Dean’s Office
College of Natural Resources

Lisa Marshall
Director of Outreach, Instructor, and Advisor
Department of Nuclear Engineering
College of Engineering

Susan Parry
Assistant Director of Partnerships and Resource Development
Kenan Fellows Program for Leadership and Curriculum Development
Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science

David Shafer
Assistant Dean
Dean’s Office
The Graduate School

Jamila Simpson
Multicultural Affairs and Student Services Director
Dean’s Office
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Alice Warren
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development, Director of McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education