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Assessment Of The Nc Lsamp Project: A Longitudinal Study

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Outreach and Recruitment

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10.236.1 - 10.236.7



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Lee Young

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Sanjiv Sarin

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Xiaochun Jiang

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Assessment of the NC-LSAMP project: A longitudinal study

Xiaochun Jiang1, Sanjiv Sarin2, Marcia Williams2, and Lee Young3 1 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering / 2College of Engineering / 3 Academic Affairs North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 E Market St Greensboro, NC 27411


The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) project is an ongoing project aimed to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minorities who will contribute significantly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) areas, especially in graduate degree programs. The NCLSAMP includes eight UNC system partners (four minority institutions and four majority institutions) with North Carolina A&T State University, a Historically Black University, as the leading institution. As part of the assessment effort, a longitudinal study is being and will continue to be conducted at North Carolina A&T State University. Although this project is ongoing, it has the potential to significantly impact the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented STEM students.


Recent years, studies have indicated a significant shortage in minorities, and more specifically, African American work forces majoring in science and engineering 1. Consequently, this may have serious impact on the nation’s capability to compete economically with other industrialized countries2. Further, the shortage of minority doctorate students is even a bigger problem 3. While African-Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and American Indians comprise 23% of the US population, they make up only 4.5% of those holding scientific doctorates4. The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program was established to solve this problem. LSAMP is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, undergraduate program designed to increase substantially the quantity and quality of students; especially African American, Hispanic, and Native American students; who successfully complete science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculating into programs of graduate study5.

The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), funded by the National Science Foundation, formed a partnership between eight institutions (four minority schools and four majority schools) within the University of

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Young, L., & Sarin, S., & Jiang, X. (2005, June), Assessment Of The Nc Lsamp Project: A Longitudinal Study Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15213

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