Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Educational Research and Methods
This paper analyzes results of the NSF S-STEM Advancing Student Futures in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics grant (grant# 1458714), awarded in 2015 to the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (informally known as ‘City Tech). City Tech is a minority and Hispanic serving institution ranked third in the nation by NSF in the number of associate-level STEM degrees awarded to Black students, 23rd in degrees awarded to male students, and 48th in degrees awarded to women. During the past two years (fall 2015 - spring 2017) we have provided ninety-five scholarships; more than what we originally proposed in the grant (forty per year). The grant program provides comprehensive support structures at critical junctures including: financial assistance; mandatory academic advisement per semester and end-of-the-semester guidance meetings; exposure to undergraduate research opportunities in various STEM fields campus wide, within, and outside CUNY; personal one-to-one need-based communication; and STEM field trips, seminars, and peer-led workshops. Through these interventions, we observe significant improvement in student retention and an increase in undergraduate research activities. Additionally, we have been able to maintain a continuous cohort, and have seen a significant uptick in internal transfer of students from associate degree to baccalaureate degree programs. By encouraging our current and former scholars to engage in the wider professional and academic community (by opening and maintaining LinkedIn accounts, for instance) and through their participation in various research activities, we also observe student growth in establishing their professional STEM identity. We are currently analyzing student surveys administered to assess the effectiveness and improvement of this grant program. Moreover, we are investigating whether students who received the scholarships exhibit greater success (as measured by STEM GPA and other metrics) compared to their high achieving peers who were not supported by this program.
Ghosh-Dastidar, U., & Samaroo, D., & Solis, A. D., & Han, S. (2018, June), S-STEM: An Educational Model for Retention at an Urban Institution Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30946
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