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The Role of the Co-curricular Spaces in the Engagement and Success of Minority Students

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Biological and Agricultural Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Hamidreza Sharifan Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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He is a postdoctoral researcher, working on the source tracking of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) chemicals in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Texas A and M University, College Station.

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Janie M. Moore Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Janie McClurkin Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University in College Station. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she attended North Carolina A&T State University where she received a B.S. in Bio Environmental Engineering in 2006. She then began pursuing her graduate education at Purdue University in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, completing her Ph.D. in 2015. Her primary research areas include 1) mycotoxin risk assessment and treatment in stored grains and 2) innovate instructional strategies for Biological and Agricultural Engineering students.

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Identification of driving factors in progress and success of minority students at higher education levels in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at four-year colleges and universities is of high importance. Innovative approaches that integrate the driving factors in education will inspire students with diverse backgrounds engagement for better learning and effective practice. The key role and efficiency of co-curricular spaces in creation, exchange, and development of knowledge in underrepresented groups is still a fluid subject area. In this study, we applied a qualitative research approach to fully analyze the social perception and experiences of minority groups at a University to understand the role of the co-curricular spaces in their success. Demographic data, accessibility, and frequency of use were analyzed in the framework of the motivation and driving factors. Briefly, the statistical data showed 67% of the minority students were using the co-curricular spaces. Among regular users, 80% of the students used spaces independent of their social group affinity. Students positively scored the role of the co-curricular spaces towards their success. Further, the students' challenge and preventing factors in using the co-curricular spaces by minority groups were analyzed. Further studies needed to conduct the role of student supporting center and integrated management of the co-curricular spaces. This study highlighted the necessity of attention in the integration and success of underrepresented students and the crucial role of Co-curricular space development.

Sharifan, H., & Moore, J. M. (2020, June), The Role of the Co-curricular Spaces in the Engagement and Success of Minority Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35367

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