Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
For the last four years, the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has implemented a NSF S-STEM Project named Pathways for Engineering: Access to Resources for Learning (PEARL). The program has benefited more than 50 different students with more than 150 scholarship awards assigned in this period.
The institution is in a highly underserved rural community with 77% of the students receiving Pell Grants or some other type of financial aid. In addition, 60% of the students are first generation college students (when dual credit students are excluded). The student body demographics are 72% Hispanic, 9% Native American, 9% White, 2% African American, and 8% other.
The objectives of the project include: 1) to enhance educational opportunities for under-represented minorities by focusing on the recruitment of full-time students from the region into one of two existing Engineering Baccalaureate programs offered at our institution; 2) to provide sufficient financial resources to enable students to focus on their education, complete their degrees, and prepare for a career and/or graduate studies; 3) to increase the retention rate and monitor each supported student’s progress to ensure their completion of degree requirements within a reasonable time frame; 4) to encourage students to graduate and continue their education in graduate school, or obtain employment in local industry, such as a nearby national laboratory; and 5) to engage scholarship recipients in college activities and encourage college service career options, such as teaching and research.
The indicators measuring the effectiveness of the project are: 1) increasing the degree progress rate; this means that scholarship recipients will successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours towards the degree per semester; 2) increasing the overall GPA of student recipients; the target will be a 3.5 average for the cohort; 3) increasing the number of students involved in undergraduate research projects within the College of Engineering and Technology; and 4) increasing job opportunities for scholarship recipients.
This paper describes partial results and lessons learned from this project. It also discusses some results in terms of goals and performance indicators, particularly, the high retention rate of the participants in comparison to students with comparable academic performance. Emphasis is given on ideas that could assist other similar projects.
Lopez Hurtado, I., & Crichigno, J., & Nandy, A. (2018, June), Board 60: Lessons Learned from a NSF S-STEM Project in a Rural and Hispanic Serving Institution Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30069
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