The Project for Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Success (STEM Gateway) at The University of New Mexico, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (42% of 20,950 undergraduate students are Hispanic), aims to increase Hispanic STEM graduates to parallel increasing Hispanic enrollment at the nationís only majority-minority flagship university. Located in a majority-minority state with growing STEM public and private workforce demand, UNM strives to develop national leadership in achieving high-levels of STEM-degree attainment among Hispanic and low-income students.UNMís project, in conjunction with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), focuses on widening the gateway for student success in courses that commonly represent barriers for pursuing STEM degrees in order to (1) increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining STEM degrees and (2) provide a model for collaboration between 2-year and 4-year institutions that enhances achievement of the first goal.

There are four components to the project:

Gateway Science and Math Course Reform: Faculty-driven curriculum and pedagogy reform projects utilizing research-based instructional changes along with alignment of outcomes and assessments.Course reform teams for three courses will be selected each year from proposals submitted by departments.

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Peer-Assisted Collaborative Learning:

Enabling active, collaborative learning in large-enrollment classes, undergraduate Peer-Learning Facilitators are hired to work with students and instructors in gateway courses to support pedagogies known to improve learning.

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Early Student Engagement in STEM Experiences:

STEM Student Interest Groups are 1-cr offerings that shadow gateway courses and inclusively engage students in fields dominated by non-Hispanic students and faculty. Small-group cohorts, led by STEM graduate students, will relate gateway-course learning to chosen fields and begin early contact with people and resources in the department of their aspirational major.

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Enable Data-Based Decision Making:

Enlarge UNM institutional research capacities to collect, analyze, and evaluate student-tracking and achievement data on STEM students, including transfer students. Data analyses will guide priorities in project activities while also assessing and evaluate project progress and milestones.

 

 

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STEM Gateway is funded by a $3.8M grant from the U.S. Department of Education for federal fiscal years 2012-2016.