STEM Gateway KPI
BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The STEM Gateway program opens wide the gates to graduation for Hispanic and low income students. By focusing resources on undergraduate science and math courses that traditionally have low student success rates, UNM provides richer learning opportunities for students and increases the number of students attaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Program initiatives include: Gateway Science and Math Course Reform; Peer Learning Facilitators; STEM Student Interest Groups: Data-Driven Prioritization. STEM Gateway is funded through the U.S. Department of Education Title V program, and began operating October 1, 2011.
IMPACT ON 3RD SEMESTER RETENTION, GRADUATION, COURSE COMPLETION, STEM GRADUATION AND CLOSING THE NEW MEXICO ACHIEVEMENT GAP:
STEM Gateway is focused on improving student achievement for Hispanic and low-income students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Course reform initiatives encourage STEM faculty members to redesign their core science courses to include more robust active learning and assessment. Peer Learning Facilitators allow instructors in large lecture sections to incorporate collaborative and group-based learning activities. STEM Student Interest groups introduce students to their STEM degree programs sooner, and help them understand the connections between their core STEM courses and their science major. Each of these three programs improves successful student completion in STEM courses, which leads to improved third semester retention and increased graduation rates, as well as increased numbers of STEM graduates, Hispanic graduates and low-income student graduates. In addition, the data-driven prioritization initiative provides resources for UNM to better understand the institutional factors that positively or negatively impact STEM degree attainment, especially for Hispanic or low-income students.
IMPACT OF STEM GATEWAY ON RESEARCH:
STEM Gateway contributes to data-informed decision making by faculty, staff and administrators at the University of New Mexico through the completion of institutional research projects. Currently, STEM Gateway staff members are investigating the Hispanic student experience in STEM by interviewing recent STEM students at UNM. Staff members are also analyzing student success data to identify factors at UNM that may contribute to low STEM graduation rates among Hispanic and low-income students.