Students Transitioning to Engaged and Motivated (STEM) Success

STEM Success
State
California
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
STEM

Overview

Students Transitioning to Engaged and Motivated (STEM) Success helps students successfully complete undergraduate STEM degrees. It grew out of a 2011 HSI grant-funded program that supported over 1,500 STEM majors (including 660 Hispanics) with a comprehensive array of services. The program aims to engage Hispanic, underserved, and low-income STEM undergraduates in comprehensive, year-round programming to improve retention, persistence, and graduation. Transfer articulation with regional community colleges will be strengthened and expanded, resulting in a seamless successful transfer to Stanislaus State and arrive better prepared to complete their STEM degrees. 

Program Description

The STEM Success program services include STEM-specific, coordinated articulation with two community colleges, and The Commons, a gathering area for the STEM campus community, staffed with student tutors. Practices include student research, faculty mentoring, conference travel, peer mentoring, a summer experience for incoming STEM freshmen and transfer students, and a first-year general education course specifically for STEM majors. There is also an increased emphasis on developing non-cognitive skills during the first two years students spend on campus and articulation efforts have expanded to 10 community colleges.

Outcome

In 2016, 64 Hispanic students received STEM degrees, compared to only 38 when the program began

Service recipients who entered Stanislaus State as freshmen had a significantly higher cumulative GPAs after one and two years on campus.

Students also had a significantly higher persistence rate in STEM after two, three, and four years on campus and significantly higher five- and six-year STEM degree attainment rates.

Services within the first two years were beneficial for any student who required English remediation, with 88% STEM retention, compared to 42% STEM retention for non-recipients.