Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Race/Ethnicity
The PEEPS (Program for Engineering Excellence for Partner Schools) scholarship program was cultivated from ongoing discussions in a faculty learning community on Diversity in STEM. Inspired by the Posse Foundation, we took a holistic approach in bringing together different departments on campus (e.g., College of Engineering, Multicultural Engineering Program, Admissions, Financial Aid) and creating a cohort program for students largely from underrepresented groups.
PEEPS is a NSF S-STEM scholarship program in which primarily underrepresented, first generation students in engineering receive significant financial support (up to $10k for at least 4 years) and a network of classmates, faculty, and staff to support them throughout their college career. “PEEPS” represents the idea of a “posse,” “family” or “my peoples” as a group that supports and cares for one another, and being part of a cohort is central to the program. In addition, PEEPS integrates several interventions (e.g., proactive advising, scheduling of PEEPS students in the same section of courses) and social activities. These components are designed to build community, help strengthen student identities as an engineer, and increase self-efficacy. PEEPS has been impacting various programs and practices at Cal Poly beyond just the PEEPS cohorts, such as the Engineering Student Success course (for 1st years), an Engineering Professional Success course (for 3rd years and transfer students) and cohort scheduling of gateway engineering courses for students in the same department. Furthermore, the interactions among support team across different units has influenced other programs on campus.
Recruitment and retention strategies will be discussed, as well as preliminary assessment results from focus groups and interviews.
Chen, K. C., & Duerr, J., & Schlemer, L. T., & Lehr, J. L., & Liptow, E. E., & Singer, M. L., & Finger, H. (2018, April), Leveraging an NSF S-STEM Grant to Initiate "PEEPS" (Program for Engineering Excellence for Partner Schools) for Recruiting and Retaining Students from Underrepresented Groups while Covertly Transforming Ourselves and Our University Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29551
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