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Office of Strategic Initiatives. Catalysts for Increasing Undergraduate Diversity and Persistence in STEM. 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.

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Office of Strategic Initiatives

Catalysts for Increasing Undergraduate Diversity and Persistence in STEM

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

us s e human resource development

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

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32%

7%

4%

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S&E Undergraduate Student Persistence

Percentage of 2004 STEM aspirants who completed STEM degrees in four and five years, by race/ethnicity.

SOURCE: UCLA Higher Education Research Institute.

Trends in students’ aspiration to major in a STEM discipline by racial identification, 1971-2009.

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.

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Office of Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Isiah M. Warner Vice Chancellor

Dr. Gloria ThomasExecutive Director of Research,

Education, & Mentoring Programs

Jade Ethridge Business Manager

Sandy Bacchus OSI Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Givens Upward Bound Director

Leila ShaikUpward Bound Academic Coordinator &

S-STEM Manager

Melissa Crawford LA-STEM Program Manager

Darlene Sevier LA-STEM Administrative Assistant

Dr. Ashleigh Wright HHMI Professors Program Manager

Ciara Foster OSI Academic Coordinator & LAMP Manager

Charisma Edwards I3 Program Coordinators

Kevin Roberson

Gretchen Schneider IMSD Program Manager

Myron Peters BDP & GAELA Program Manager

Dr. Zakiya S. Wilson (2009-2013)

Executive Director of Research, Education, & Mentoring Programs

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Office of Strategic Initiatives

Supportive

Motivating

Diverse

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Mentoring

Education

Research

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Office of Strategic Initiatives

Holistic Development Learning Approach

  • 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
  • Factors Impacting Persistence in STEM:
      • Undergraduate Academic Performance
      • Self Image
      • Pre-College Background
      • Academic Advising
      • Social Integration
      • Financial Support

Office of Strategic Initiatives

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Office of Strategic Initiatives

Six-Year Graduation Rates

In STEM Undergraduate Curricula

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Systemic Mentoring

Office of Strategic Initiatives

  • 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
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Office of Strategic Initiatives

LA-STEM Research Scholars

  • 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)
  • Edwin Lee II, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • 2009 Tiger Twelve Honoree
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University
  • 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)
  • 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

Office of Strategic Initiatives

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LA-STEM Research Scholars

Pillar of Success

  • 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

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Office of Strategic Initiatives

Opportunities

  • 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