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Swift, Michael C.; Bowers, Lisa; McDonald, Eric; Walter, Anne – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Olaf College recently restructured its Summer Bridge Program (SBP) course for incoming low-income (LI) and first-generation (FG) college students from a non-major biology course, "Issues in Biology," to an interdisciplinary "Explorations in Science" course. Two significant changes were made with the intention of giving…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Transitional Programs, Low Income Students, First Generation College Students
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Chapman, Jessica L.; Hill, Adam D.; Nagel-Myers, Judith; Ramler, Ivan P. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Lawrence University received a five-year Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts Science Scholars program (award #1458712), which makes a high quality science and mathematics education accessible to high achieving,…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Majors (Students)
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Ononye, Lawretta C.; Bong, Sabel – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
This paper investigates the effectiveness of a National Science Foundation Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM) program named "Scholarship for Engineering Technology (SET)" at the State University of New York in Canton (SUNY Canton). The authors seek to answer the following question: To what…
Descriptors: Scholarships, Low Income Students, STEM Education, Engineering Education
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Pierszalowski, Sophie; Vue, Rican; Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Considerable work is still required to eliminate disparities in postsecondary STEM persistence and success across student groups. Engagement in faculty-mentored research has been employed as one strategy to promote personal, professional, and academic gains for undergraduate students, although barriers exist that make it more difficult for some to…
Descriptors: Barriers, STEM Education, Access to Education, Equal Education
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Norton, Paran; Bridges, William; High, Karen – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
This paper examines the impact of departmental policy changes on the trend in DFW proportions for introductory calculus at a large research university, where DFW denotes the proportion of students receiving a grade of D, F, or withdrawing from the course. We defined three distinct policy periods: Traditional (2002-2005), Active Learning (SCALE-UP)…
Descriptors: College Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Calculus
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D'Souza, Malcolm J.; Shuman, Kevin E.; Wentzien, Derald E.; Roeske, Kristopher P. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Wesley College secured a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM (scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) grant (1355554) to provide affordability and access to its robust STEM programs. With these funds, the college initiated a freshman to senior level, mixed-cohort, Cannon Scholar (CS) learning community…
Descriptors: Grants, Access to Education, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Jang, Sunghoon – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
We are on a threshold of a revolution in technology education where human knowledge is increasing at an extremely rapid rate. In the wake of these technological advancements, the required workforce skills and competencies are constantly changing. This combination of human knowledge and technological advancements is placing a demand on educators to…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Higher Education, Extracurricular Activities, Career Readiness
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Cançado, Luciana; Reisel, John R.; Walker, Cindy M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
A summer bridge program was developed in an engineering program to advance the preparation of incoming freshmen students, particularly with respect to their math course placement. The program was intended to raise the initial math course placement of students who otherwise would begin their engineering studies in courses below Calculus I. One…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Engineering Education, Academic Persistence, Graduation Rate
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Windsor, Alistair; Ivey, Stephanie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Increasing persistence and graduation of post-secondary STEM students is a topic of significant focus and research, as are strategies for identifying barriers to success and intervening to bridge related gaps. In the case of underrepresented students, there are many challenges that may impact persistence in STEM majors, many of which, while…
Descriptors: Success, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation, Majors (Students)
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Lisberg, Anneke; Woods, Brett – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Nearly one half of students planning to earn a STEM degree either change majors or leave college without a degree. The completion percentage is much lower for underrepresented minorities, of whom less than one third complete their STEM degree within six years. At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the STEM Boot Camp program was designed to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Learning Strategies, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students
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Katrevich, Alina V.; Aruguete, Mara S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Our study explores the challenges of first-generation students while also examining the factors that predict success in this population. We surveyed undergraduate students to compare the academic and social support needs of first-generation and continuing-generation students. First-generation students showed lower grades and critical-thinking…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Comparative Analysis
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Snyder, Jennifer; Cudney, Elizabeth A. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
During the last decade, there have been numerous reports detailing the importance of increasing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors in the United States. Simultaneously, an increasing number of studies are being developed to predict a student's success and completion of a STEM degree, recognizing that retention is a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Majors (Students), STEM Education
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Medsker, Larry; Allard, Lee; Tucker, Lucas J.; O'Donnell, Jodi L.; Sterne-Marr, Rachel; Bannon, Jon; Finn, Rose; Weatherwax, Allan – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The Tech Valley Scholars (TVS) program included 38 students who joined this program over the course of three academic years, from 2009 to 2012. These students comprise the experimental group for this study to determine if participating in the NSF-funded Tech Valley Scholars program improved academic outcomes. The experimental group was compared to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Randomized Controlled Trials, Majors (Students), Grade Point Average
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Bénéteau, Catherine; Fox, Gordon; Xu, Xiaoying; Lewis, Jennifer E.; Ramachandran, Kandethody; Campbell, Scott; Holcomb, John – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
This paper describes the development of a Peer-Led Guided Inquiry (PLGI) program for teaching calculus at the University of South Florida. This approach uses the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) teaching strategy and the small group learning model PLTL (Peer-Led Team Learning). The developed materials used a learning cycle based on…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics
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Piper, Jon K.; Krehbiel, Dwight – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
To attract and retain more academically qualified students to science and mathematics, we developed a merit-based scholarship program for incoming students with STEM interests. Scholarship recipients participate for the first two years in an interdisciplinary learning community and declare a STEM major by the sophomore year. STEM Learning…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Seminars
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