June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Minorities in Engineering
The NSF S-STEM Program at Purdue University Northwest (formerly Purdue University Calumet) provided educational opportunities for financially needy but academically talented STEM students. Services and activities were designed to: 1) improve the undergraduate educational experiences, 2) increase the number of students completing the first stage of baccalaureate study, and those receiving degrees, and 3) increase the likelihood that a Scholar will be employed or enrolled in a graduate program. Initially, 26 students were chosen, divided between those in the beginning stages of a STEM major (15) and those at the upper level (11). Additional Scholars were added as Scholars graduated or left, with 59 total participants. ME (34%) and CE (17%) were the two most popular majors. The percentage of the underrepresented population was 37% (15% African American, 19% Hispanic and 3% Asian /Pacific Islander). The ratio of males to females was 3:1. For male students, 37% were from underrepresented groups, and for females 35%. A desired target was the maintenance of an overall 3.0 GPA by 90% of the participants each semester. The average of 79% fell short, but when the cumulative GPA was at least 2.8, the 90% level was attained. By the end of the program, 82% of the lower level completed the first two years of a degree, and 28 BS degrees had been obtained. Since many students do not finish their program in 4 years, the actual number of degrees eventually awarded in a STEM field totaled 54, or 92% of all the participants. Post 2014 graduate activities of Scholars indicate that most sought employment after graduation. To see the effectiveness of the program, comparisons were made between students who participated in the program and those who did not. The major differences were: percentage of underrepresented minorities (e.g, 36% vs. 27% for Fall 2013); female participants on average (19.5% vs. 13.5 %); and an average beginning GPA for all semesters of 3.38, as opposed to 2.79.
Abramowitz, H., & Hamilton, R. L. (2019, June), The NSF S-STEM Program 2010-2014 at Purdue University Northwest (Experience) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33412
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