June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The number of higher education institutions earning the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) has more than doubled between 2005 and 2018, and accounts for nearly 17% of all non-profit, degree granting institutions. In 2017, in response to two Congressional Acts, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded a total of 11 national conferences to inform the design of their new HSI Program. The University of Arizona, one of first conference awardees, held a working conference that brought together over 100 faculty, students, and administrators from 42 Southwestern HSIs, including 37 HSIs and five emerging HSIs, to identify gaps, opportunities, and key recommendations for transforming STEM education at HSIs. Six major themes, encompassing 13 critical focus areas, emerged from our analyses of the conference transcripts. The major themes are as follows: (1) advising, mentoring, and non-academic support systems, (2) STEM academic structure and related support systems, (3) evidence based pedagogies, (4) equity, diversity, and culturally responsive practices, (5) research experiences and high impact practices, and (6) serving Hispanic students at HSIs. Each focus area includes one or more sets of recommendations for ensuring inclusive support systems for undergraduate students at HSIs and emerging HSIs. Outcomes: Findings from this project will directly inform the development of NSF’s HSI program, in addition to paving ways to new and stronger cross-institutional synergies in the Southwest. Specifically, the conference has led to the formation of the STEM in HSI working group at the University of Arizona to engage with academic and non-academic units, as well as faculty at other southwestern HSIs and initiate collaborative work that raises institutional awareness of what it means to serve STEM undergraduate students at new and emerging HSIs.
Subbian, V., & Franco, M., & Lozano, G. (2019, June), Board 146: STEM Servingness at Hispanic-serving Institutions Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32261
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