Presentation on theme: "Catalysts for Increasing Undergraduate Diversity and Persistence in STEM Office of Strategic Initiatives Zakiya S. Wilson, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Faculty."— Presentation transcript:
Catalysts for Increasing Undergraduate Diversity and Persistence in STEM Office of Strategic Initiatives Zakiya S. Wilson, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Success Associate Professor of Chemistry North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC 27411
Office of Strategic Initiatives US S&E Human Resource Development National Science Board (U.S.) Science and Engineering Indicators; NSF: Arlington, VA, 2010. UCLA Higher Education Research Institute
S&E Undergraduate Student Persistence Trends in students’ aspiration to major in a STEM discipline by racial identification, 1971-2009. SOURCE: UCLA Higher Education Research Institute. Percentage of 2004 STEM aspirants who completed STEM degrees in four and five years, by race/ethnicity. SOURCE: UCLA Higher Education Research Institute. National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; Institute of Medicine Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads; National Academies Press: Washington DC, 2011.
Office of Strategic Initiatives S TRATEGIC I NITIATIVES Dr. Isiah M. WarnerVice Chancellor Dr. Gloria ThomasExecutive Director of Research, Education, & Mentoring Programs Jade EthridgeBusiness Manager Sandy BacchusOSI Administrative Assistant Stephanie GivensUpward Bound Director Leila ShaikUpward Bound Academic Coordinator & S-STEM Manager Melissa CrawfordLA-STEM Program Manager Darlene SevierLA-STEM Administrative Assistant Dr. Ashleigh WrightHHMI Professors Program Manager Ciara Foster OSI Academic Coordinator & LAMP Manager Charisma EdwardsI 3 Program Coordinators Kevin Roberson Gretchen SchneiderIMSD Program Manager Myron PetersBDP & GAELA Program Manager Dr. Zakiya S. Wilson (2009-2013) Executive Director of Research, Education, & Mentoring Programs
Multi-faceted Training Model: Recruitment of motivated students Cohort-based model Holistic mentoring Early integration into research Strong academic support system Community service and outreach High expectations Counseling/Advising at critical junctures Multi-faceted data-based decision making Office of Strategic Initiatives H OLISTIC D EVELOPMENT L EARNING A PPROACH Office of Strategic Initiatives Factors Impacting Persistence in STEM: Undergraduate Academic Performance Self Image Pre-College Background Academic Advising Social Integration Financial Support
Office of Strategic Initiatives Six-Year Graduation Rates In STEM Undergraduate Curricula National Comparison Data from the 2011-2012 STEM Retention Report prepared by the Center of Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at the University of Oklahoma.
Office of Strategic Initiatives S YSTEMIC M ENTORING Summer Bridge Individual Development Plans Metacognitive approach to professional and personal development Students and staff collaborate on a plan of action for the semester Graded on completion of assignments Staff Mentor Meetings 2-6 times per semester Research Mentor/Advisor Peer Mentoring Paired into interest groups Plan at least 3 meetings per semester Incentive plan/competition UC Success Courses
101 Graduates through Dec. 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars (6) Harry S. Truman Scholar (1) Morris K. Udall Scholars (2) NSF Graduate Research Fellows (8) National Defense Science & Engineering Fellow (1) Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellow (1) Office of Strategic Initiatives LSU Tiger Twelve Honorees (5) LSU Distinguished Communicator (9) University Medalists (11) College Honors (thesis: 14) Summa Cum Laude Graduates (13) Magna Cum Laude Graduates (9) Cum Laude Graduates (14) LA-STEM R ESEARCH S CHOLARS Office of Strategic Initiatives Edwin Lee II, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2009 Tiger Twelve Honoree PhD in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University Christina Jones, Chemistry Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Research Achievement Award UNCF/Merck Scholar A.P. Tureaud Milestone Award PhD in Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology
P ILLAR OF S UCCESS Office of Strategic Initiatives 249 Scholars served since 2003 101 LA-STEM Graduates 92% STEM Graduation Rate 43% graduated with a minimum 3.7 cum GPA 84% completed or pursuing post-baccalaureate programs (PhD, MS, DDS, DVM/PhD, etc.) 33% of 82 graduates have completed post baccalaureate degrees * 49% female graduates in STEM 32% minority graduates in STEM LA-STEM R ESEARCH S CHOLARS
Office of Strategic Initiatives O PPORTUNITIES Scale Up of High Impact Practices (AAC&U) First-Year Seminars and Experiences Common Intellectual Experiences Learning Communities Writing-Intensive Courses Collaborative Assignments and Projects Undergraduate Research Diversity/Global Learning Service Learning, Community-Based Learning Internships Capstone Courses and Projects George D. Kuh, High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), 2008