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Curricular Revision Focused On Student Learning At Minority Institutions

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.185.1 - 5.185.11



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Rosa Betancourt de Perez

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Rosa Buxeda

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Moises Orengo

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Lueny M. Morell

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Jose R. Lopez

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Session 2570

Curricular Revision Focused on Student Learning at Minority Institutions: the Case of the Puerto Rico - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation1 Lueny Morell, José R. López, Moisés Orengo, Rosa Buxeda University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Rosa Betancourt de Pérez University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras


Lead by the University of Puerto Rico Resource Center for Science and Engineering, several higher education institutions on the Island have been collaborating for various years in the Puerto Rico LSAMP (PR-LSAMP) program. The core PR-LSAMP is the curricular revision of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) courses to improve student performance. This paper describes the curriculum assessment, innovation strategies and outcomes of the PR- LSAMP program during a period of seven years. The curricular initiatives of the program include identification, assessment and reform of SMET "gatekeeper and bottleneck" courses; description of successful reforms institutionalized at several institutions (such as integration of laboratory & courses, use of active/cooperative learning, and faculty development). The current multi-faceted curricular innovation strategy is presented.

I. Introduction

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, undergraduate program sponsored by the National Science Foundation to increase substantially the quantity and quality of participating students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET). LSAMP facilitates achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in SMET fields, especially those who choose to take faculty positions on colleges and universities. The LSAMP project supports undergraduate education systemic reform in alliances that include partners from two- and four-year higher education institutions, businesses and industries, national research laboratories, local, state, and federal agencies. In addition to this principal focus, LSAMP projects also give consideration to the critical transition points in SMET education: high school to college; 2-year and 4-year college; undergraduate study; and graduate-to-faculty career.

1 NSF Grant # HRD-9623943

de Perez, R. B., & Buxeda, R., & Orengo, M., & Morell, L. M., & Lopez, J. R. (2000, June), Curricular Revision Focused On Student Learning At Minority Institutions Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8255

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