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February 28, 2012-In order to succeed, high achieving minority males in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines need faculty engagement, involvement in undergraduate research, and financial support, according to a landmark study released today by the Minority Males in STEM Initiative of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U).
The findings in the report: The Quest for Excellence: Supporting the Academic Success of Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines, are based on a survey of 1,443 STEM students, 137 STEM faculty, and 71 university administrators at 14 higher education institutions conducted during the fall 2011 semester.
"This report reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly about the state of minority males in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the U.S.,” said Lorenzo L. Esters, A۰P۰L۰U vice president and MMSI project director. “Most importantly, it highlights the opportunities before us to change systems and processes to more effectively support a unique segment of the U.S. population—all as seen through the lived experiences of minority males themselves, and the perceptions of STEM faculty and administrators.”
“A great deal of work remains to be done at all levels of the educational pipeline, however, the opportunities for improving outcomes are limitless,” he added.
The report calls for investing in infrastructure to support and sustain STEM education for minority males and identifies practices and activities that support their enrollment, retention and graduation. It also offers a deeper understanding of the perceptions and experiences of students, faculty and administrators on university campuses. The recommendations provide success strategies for policy-makers, secondary schools, higher education institutions, and faculty and staff at all levels.
Among the key findings from the report include:
Participating institutions were: Delaware State University; Florida A&M University; FAMU-FSU College of Engineering; Florida International University; New Mexico State University; Purdue University; Salish Kootenai College; Southern University System; Stony Brook University (SUNY); The University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of Hawaii at Hilo; University of Illinois, Chicago; University of North Carolina, Pembroke; and University of Texas at El Paso.
About the Minority Males in STEM Initiative
The focus of the Minority Males in STEM Initiative is to design a means through which A۰P۰L۰U can most effectively engage member institutions in a comprehensive dialogue on the subject of minority males in STEM with the ultimate aim of providing leading public higher education institutions with the tools, information, and perspectives that will assist them in their practice in identifying, retaining, and graduating minority males in STEM fields. The initiative was launched in with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. For more information, visit www.aplu.org/mmsi.
The report is available on the A۰P۰L۰U website.
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