Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) creates a supportive community that provides opportunities for academic support, career networking, and community outreach through advising, mentoring, adademic excellence workshops, and study and computer facilities. Over 65% of students served are Latino.
The purpose of the Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) program is to increase the retention and graduation rates for Latino, African American, and Native American students pursuing degrees in the sciences and mathematics.
The success of SEES can be attributed to its commitment to Content, Community, and Communication - the "3 C's". SEES students who start as freshman have a retention rate 15% higher than under-represented students not in SEES, and have a similarly improved graduation rate. Students who participate in the Academic Excellence Workshops - patterned after the University of California, Berkeley's Treisman model of merging rather than separating academic and social lives - perform at a higher level in introductory math, physics and chemistry classes: Almost 50% earn grades of A or B in courses for which the average GPA for all students is about 2.15. The SEES program graduates about 35 students/year, with about 20% going on to graduate or professional schools. Since 1992, SEES has graduated more than 500 students who have gone on to earn 32 MDs, 7 DDSs, 20 PhDs and 61 MSs, as well as becoming credentialed K-12 and community college teachers.