Presentation on theme: "Rafael Alvarez - MESA Program Director Theresa Garcia - MESA Engineering Program Director Eric Pamintuan - SPSD Coordinator Raga Bakhiet - MESA Program."— Presentation transcript:
Rafael Alvarez - MESA Program Director Theresa Garcia - MESA Engineering Program Director Eric Pamintuan - SPSD Coordinator Raga Bakhiet - MESA Program Director Friday, March 16, 2012
“Color of the sky”: Student Realities What is Culture?
Graduates of high schools with low API scores First generation college students Economically disadvantaged Placement into basic skills courses Lack of necessary social and cultural capital
"the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group" "the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time " "the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization "
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads 1. Academic Support and Social Integration 2. Research/Internship Experiences 3. Professional Development Activities 4. Summer Bridge Programs 5. Mentoring
Hurtado, S. and Chang, M. (2010). Degrees of Success: Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates among Initial STEM Majors. Higher Education Institute at UCLA.
28.5% - Percentage of underrepresented minority groups in national population (2006) 9.1% - Percentage of underrepresented minority groups among college-educated Americans in science and engineering occupations (academic and non-academic) Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2010). National Academy of Sciences.
Victims … Blame others Complain Make excuses Repeat ineffective behavior “Have to” do things Pretend their problems belong to others “Try” Give up FAILURE Victims seldom achieve goals Creators … Accept responsibility Take actions Seek solutions Do something new “Choose to” do things Own their problems Commit & follow through Take control of their choices & their lives! SUCCESS Creators often achieve goals Downing, S. (2009). Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life. Wadsworth, Boston, MA, 6 th Edition.
Secret to Success (a.k.a. African Village story): “When you find something in life that you want as much as you want to breathe, then you will find the secret to success!” Capstone for life: The purpose for the learning Skills Knowledge Wisdom FREEDOM!
MESA Schools Program ~ 1,600 students San Diego Unified (K–12) – 800 Imperial Valley Unified (K–12) – 800 Community College ~ 365 students San Diego City College – 200 Southwestern College – 165 University (SDSU) ~ 320 students MESA Engineering Program (MEP) - 275 Maximizing Science Potential (MSP) - 45 INDUSTRY or Graduate School Serving over 2,200 students
Regular Directors’ meetings Sharing of best practices Joint planning Shared Industry Advisory Board Joint grant seeking NSF STEP: STEP Partnership of San Diego California Space Grant Consortium: STEM Outreach focused on Research in the Control of Lagrangian Mixing in Fuel Injector Flows into Supersonic Cross-Stream
Academic Advising and Individual Academic Plans STEM Course Clustering Academic Excellence Workshops Tutoring College and Career Exploration Transfer Assistance to 4-year Universities (2-year colleges only) Assistance Applying to Graduate Schools (4-year universities only) College Orientation Course Collaboration with Student/Professional Organizations
Training Academies for Industry Skills Regional Job Shadow Day Scholarships StrengthsQuest Leadership Summit Faculty Advisors STEM Competitions San Diego Region Joint Planning Conference
As important as classroom teaching Develop tomorrow’s STEM workforce Advisory Board Direct Access to students Paid Interns - SPSD Future hires Industry Standards
Standards: University Bridging Counseling Academic Support Community Industry Exposure
Goal 1: Recruitment and Participation Enrollment at each school will increase 10% over previous year
Goal 2: Recruitment and Participation At least 350 students will be enrolled in the SPSD/MESA program from declared major through transfer or graduation within grant period - 127 SDSU graduates - 107 transfers from SDCC - 96 transfers from SWC - 330 Total graduates or transfers (94% of goal) - More than 580 current active enrollees To meet the goal, 20 students will need to graduate or transfer in the next academic year
Goal 3: Academic Counseling At least 160 program students will graduate in a STEM major by the end of the grant period. (SDSU only)
Goal 4: Industry Exposure At least 36 SPSD/MESA students will complete an internship (100+ hours) each year
Goal 5: University Bridging Activities At least 15 graduating seniors in the SPSD/MESA program will enter STEM graduate study programs by the end of the 5-year grant period. (SDSU only)
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2010 Report) Identifies 5 proven, intensive strategies for student success in STEM MESA/SPSD implements 3 of 5 strategies SPSD II proposes to build on MESA/SPSD best practices and implement remaining 2 strategies (Summer Bridge & Mentoring) in the context of a STEM pipeline (high school-CC-4 year university)