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1 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

2 Office of Strategic Initiatives US S&E Human Resource Development National Science Board (U.S.) Science and Engineering Indicators; NSF: Arlington, VA, UCLA Higher Education Research Institute

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4 S&E Undergraduate Student Persistence Trends in students’ aspiration to major in a STEM discipline by racial identification, 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.

5 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 ( ) Executive Director of Research, Education, & Mentoring Programs

6 Office of Strategic Initiatives MentoringEducationResearch ACADEMIC SUCCESS SupportiveMotivatingDiverse LEARNING COMMUNITIES

7 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

8 Office of Strategic Initiatives Six-Year Graduation Rates In STEM Undergraduate Curricula National Comparison Data from the STEM Retention Report prepared by the Center of Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at the University of Oklahoma.

9 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

10  101 Graduates through Dec  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

11 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

12 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

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