Discipline: Science & Mathematics Education
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
Jessica Lopez - St. Philip's College
Co-Author(s): Maria Rodriguez, St. Philip's College, San Antonio, TX
The STEM Enrichment by Design (STEMed) Project has had some success but has also faced some challenges which led to changes. Our poster will provide a summary of the objectives and preliminary results connected to those objectives. Additionally, our poster will discuss in detail the challenges and changes made throughout the four-year implementation of this project as well as tracking information for all grant participants. As of Spring 2019, we reported a total of 41 student participants. Recruiting efforts include sharing grant information with the college advisers, the college’s Veteran’s office and members of multiple schools within the local school district. Of the 41 students, 15% were veteran students, 88% were traditionally underrepresented students, and 88% were first-time in college students. All participants who have completed the Accelerated Math Preparation Program (AMPP), have received their incentive laptop with appropriate Maple software. All current participants have been mentored weekly and previous participants continue to meet with the PI at the beginning and end of each semester. The rate for students who successfully completed at least three courses within the AMPP is an overall, 81%. The rate for students who successfully completed the entire 4-course AMPP is an overall, 50%. We have faced challenges with enrollment, keeping/finding an external evaluator, and student institution withdraws. To meet these challenges, we have, as an institution, made the AMPP strongly encouraged for all STEM students, we have found and signed an external evaluator and we have added scholarships for students who complete the AMPP. Due to these changes, this fall 2019 semester we have had 11 students enrolled in the AMPP; all are on target to complete at least three courses within the AMPP and 10 are on target to complete the entire program on time. This data represents a 49% increase in enrollment and a projected 52% increase in AMPP success.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF HBCU-UP TIP Award Number 1623270
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,
NSF Affiliation: HBCU-UP