June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
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Preliminary Results of the NC-LSAMP project Abstract
The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) project is an ongoing project aimed to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minorities who will contribute significantly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) areas, especially in graduate degree programs. To assess the effectiveness of the project, student information from the lead institution, NC A&T State University has been collected for analysis. To assess the effectiveness of the project, two control groups were carefully chosen for years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. Statistical analysis was performed to ensure the compatibility between the control group and the experimental group. Student cumulative GPAs were recorded for each group over the past two years. Preliminary results from the statistical analysis indicated that the NC-LSAMP project has had a very significant positive impact on student performance. Participants of the NC-LSAMP project performed significantly better than their counterparts in the control group for both years. Although this project is ongoing, it has the potential to significantly impact the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented STEM students.
There has been significant shortage in minority students majoring in science and engineering 1. The shortage of minority doctorate students is even more serious 2. The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, undergraduate program designed to increase substantially the quantity and quality of students, especially African American, Hispanic, and Native American students, who successfully complete science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, and academically qualified for and matriculating into programs of graduate study3.
The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), funded by the National Science Foundation, formed a partnership between eight institutions (four minority schools and four majority schools) within the University of North Carolina system. Partner institutions include North Carolina A&T State University as lead campus, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Winston-Salem State University.
The primary goal of the NC-LSAMP project is to substantially increase the number of minority students earning B.S. degrees, and subsequently pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The Alliance is achieving this goal by systematically enhancing recruitment, retention, access, and opportunities to education, internships, and research in these fields. So far, the combined efforts of partner institutions have resulted in a variety of programs and activities geared towards enhancing overall student success. Major initiatives include supplemental instruction, bridge programs, undergraduate research, and
Williams, M., & Watson, G., & Jiang, X., & Sarin, S. (2006, June), Preliminary Assessment Results Of The Nc Lsamp Project Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/637
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