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The STEM UP project is focused on specific and measurable outcomes and recognizes two, overarching goals of the project which are:

  1. Increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and
  2. Develop model transfer and articulation agreements between 2-year Hispanic-Serving Institutions and 4-year institutions in such fields.

3rd Semester Retention for students at UNM is gathered specifically for STEM students attending UNM . An important note is that this date is also collected for STEM students attending CNM as STEM UP is a cooperative grant with direct objectives aligned to third semester retention at both UNM and CNM. The objective goal or the grant is to increase in retention of first year to second year STEM student enrollment at each institution by 10% The Grant will concluded the first year this month and data on goal achievement is on track but not available for reporting at this time

Graduation and specifically graduation within six years is a measurable outcome goal for the STEM UP grant A proposed 3% annual increase in students enrolled in UNM in STEM disciplines graduation within 6 years of enrollment is one of the grant objectives that will be met through intrusive advisement, articulation agreements that align student coursework from CNM and continuous peer mentoring, tutoring and support for Hispanic and Low income students in STEM fields.

STEM Graduation is the focus of the proposed 3% annual increase in students enrolled in STEM disciplines. As the grant concluded it’s first year data to demonstrate progress towards the measurable objective will become available.

Low Income Graduation is measured by the data collected by the grant using pell eligible criteria to specifically focus measure of graduation objectives on Hispanic and low income student populations on UNM campus.

Higher Education Enrollment and particularly increasing enrollment in STEM fields are critical measures in meeting the overarching goals of the grant and addressing all of the objectives of the grant. Through encouragement and collaboration with CNM, the grant was able to be part of three STEM programs that have recently come available to students at CNM, Chemistry, Biology, and Nutrition. In of itself this is an important outcome, however it also affords the grant with additional resources to streamline students into UNM degree programs by aligning transfer credits in each area. Data on the streamline transfer from these new departments at CNM will be tracked through the next four years to measure increase in enrollment in STEM degree programs at UNM.

New Mexico Achievement Gap data is collected in terms of data collected on historically low STEM degree achieving populations of Hispanic and low income student populations. Further data on the impact the program has on the achievement gap of college readiness for STEM degrees is collected through student participation in Math workshops designed to assist students in advancing in their place math courses, supplemental instruction at CNM in classes that serve as pre-requisites for transfer to a UNM degree program. Finally students that were provided with academic advisement through the program that assists in bridging the gap of information about higher education and specifically higher education STEM degree programs.

Student Leadership and Career Development data is collected by STEM UP through the peer mentor programming that provides students with weekly professional development and support of students that are in student leadership roles at UNM. Further students involved in the program are tracked in their success and activities in providing leadership to CNM students. Specific career development data is collected from the centers that establish information about careers in the STEM fields as a service provided and referrals to community members in the profession is also data kept to support the ongoing programing.

P-20 Pipeline and Community Outreach data is collected at CNM where students enter and are tracked through their transfer and graduation at UNM. Although the entire pipeline data is not addressed students entering into CNM, completion of CNM degree, admission into UNM and Completion of the four year degree is tracked and will be reported as the grant continues through the next four years. Also data collected in the next four years will include event data . At least one event per semester will encourage participation of the community in learning more about STEM and earning a STEM either associates degree or bachelors degree.