July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The underrepresentation of students in STEM disciplines has been a consistent issue in higher education. Institutions have developed innovative programs and implemented policies to mitigate the challenges that historically underrepresented students encounter in STEM study. A NSF-LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Alliance, consisting of 14 universities, colleges and community colleges serves as a micro (campus level) and macro-level (Alliance level) model of diverse programmatic activities designed to support and assist underrepresented students in STEM disciplines for almost 25 years.
Our LSAMP model has provided comprehensive social and academic support mostly focused on interventions targeting the academic, social and career transitions students encounter on their STEM pathway. Programmatic components include both formal and informal activities such as workshops on strategies to overcome the difficulties from two-year to four-year institutions; experiential learning opportunities including domestic and international research programs; and new STEM pedagogy and curriculum to advance systematic change for historically underrepresented students. In addition to the developed initiatives, a longitudinal research study has explored the mechanisms that are bridges or barriers for historically underrepresented STEM students and how these pathways translate to their STEM identity.
This LSAMP Alliance has positioned itself to be a leader in STEM advocation and elevation for historically underrepresented scholars and has seen exponential growth in the of enrollment of underrepresented students with a 1013% increase from program inception in 1996. Graduation rates have exhibited a remarkable increase over that time, with a yearly increase of 710% for bachelor’s degrees, 1530% for master’s degrees and 1500% for doctoral degrees.
Donovan, L. J., & Bugallo, M., & Woodson, T., & Foley, C. J., & Kent, S. N., & London, B., & Nunes, S. S., & McInnis, M. (2021, July), An NSF-LSAMP Model for the Successful Transition of Underrepresented Students into STEM Majors and Beyond Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36679
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