Regional Collaboratives (RC) are networks of geographically related 2- and 4-year institutions. Currently there are ASPIRE regional collaboratives in California, Iowa, and Texas, and an additional three will be added by 2022, expanding reach and impact across the United States. In this model, institutions work together to share and develop programs and experiences that work towards two primary goals:
- Increase the number and diversity of the pool of graduate students and qualified professionals pursuing a teaching career in STEM at 2-year colleges;
- Expand and strengthen the skills of future, early-career and current STEM faculty to teach the diverse student population.
Leaders from each RC meet regularly and are supported by a national backbone structure and national disciplinary organizations, developing shared goals and metrics, sharing resources, and collaborating on strategies for successful implementation and evaluation of regional initiatives that include internship/practicum experiences, workshops and trainings, open house and informational meetings, and marketing and communication improvement efforts.