July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The primary purpose of the Path Ambassadors to High Success (PATHS), an NSF-funded S-STEM scholarship program, is to create compelling new pathways and strengthen existing pathways for academically talented, low-income Colorado high school and community college students to study Computer Science (CS) at Colorado School of Mines (Mines). PATHS has achieved the following major project goals: 1) Increase number of academically talented, low-income students studying CS in Colorado; 2) Establish active on-campus community to support PATHS Scholars and similar students; 3) Engage Scholars to perform CS recruitment and outreach at area high schools and community colleges; 4) Increase retention of similarly situated students; 5) Evaluate PATHS activities through comparative analysis to provide new insights on best practices for attracting and retaining academically talented, low-income CS students; 6) Broaden participation in CS of historically underrepresented groups; and 7) Develop a new flexible degree program combining other STEM fields and CS, with specific appeal to low-income students who often do not have access to CS education. Because ~70\% of schools in Colorado do not offer CS, low-income students may think they want to be a traditional engineer but find they love CS. PATHS students are diverse (28.6\% female, 40.8\% underrepresented students in computing, and 36.7\% first generation) and academically successful (mean GPA 3.4 and 38\% have GPAs of 3.5 or higher). The program has awarded scholarships to 49 students thus far, and produced six graduates, three Master's students majoring in CS, and has a 93.8\% retention rate.
Camp, T., & Thiry, H. (2021, July), CS@Mines: PATH Ambassadors to High Success, A Successful S-STEM Scholarship Program Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36884
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