Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Despite the large shortfall in racial and ethnic diversity in STEM higher education and employment, few studies have spotlighted community college programs aimed to address the current equity gap, particularly with programs aimed specifically at supporting diverse community college students who are pursuing STEM education. This study investigates the experiences and outcomes of students with STEM transfer intent attending eight community colleges in two states. The study examines student experiences and outcomes via student focus groups and initial statistical data analysis. Students who enrolled in a structured support program aimed at underrepresented students in STEM accumulated more college level credits, more STEM credits, and graduated with a transfer degree at higher rates compared with community college students who also showed transfer intent in a STEM field but did not have access to such a program. This is despite their inclusion in a group meant for underrepresented students who have often faced many barriers to success. Students in focus groups attributed program success to the positive and affirming community provided by the program with specific foci on addressing the needs of underserved students, providing academic support, career and professional development activities with diverse mentors, and targeted academic advising.
Dorsey, J. B. (2018, April), Increasing STEM Transfer Among Underrepresented Groups: What Matters for Community College Students Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29546
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