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Upcoming Webinar: Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM

February 24, 2017

APLU, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) are co-hosting a webinar examining some evidence on High-Impact Practices and about innovative efforts to track student participation in these practices at California State University, Northridge and the University of South Carolina. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Click here to register.

Certain High-Impact Practices, such as internships, undergraduate research, capstone courses, and learning communities, help undergraduate students persist and succeed. These practices have a disproportionately positive impact on students from underrepresented backgrounds. However, a number of these High-Impact Practices take place beyond the classroom and universities may not have the capacity to fully track student access to these practices and their impact on learning outcomes. In addition, although the general evidence for these practices is strong, we know less about their efficacy in STEM fields specifically.

The webinar will close with action items to study these practices further for STEM students and convene a learning collaborative to develop better data collection systems. This webinar is part of a series intended to stimulate discussion and engage university leaders around topics from the recent report Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence, supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Speakers include:

  • P. Kay Lund, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, National Institutes of Health
  • Tia Brown McNair, Ed.D., Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Bettina Huber, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Institutional Research, California State University, Northridge
  • Pam Bowers, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Innovation, University of South Carolina

Who should attend this webinar? Anyone interested in undergraduate student success in STEM. Interested individuals may include university leaders and administrators, deans, student/academic affairs staff, diversity professionals, and faculty.

If you are interested in hosting a group viewing session on campus, please check out our Group Discussion Guide for suggested questions and resources.

  • Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

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