Increasing retention rates of black women in gateway STEM courses: an intervention at NCCU

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Jacqueline D. Owens (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Kofi Lomotey

Abstract: The purpose of this disquisition is to improve the persistence of African American women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) gateway courses at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) through the implementation of a series of interventions. In this disquisition, I give a brief overview of the multiple barriers that have hindered many African American women from persisting in STEM fields. I explore the roots of student apathy, the roles of supplemental instruction leaders and tutors and the impact each has on student success. I also examine the intervention of incorporating early alert warning systems at an historically Black college and university (HBCU). My intervention includes (1) re-structured training of supplemental instruction leaders and tutors, (2) the consistent and accurate use of Grades First at NCCU, and (3) follow-up communication with supplemental instruction leaders and tutors to increase the pass rates of African American women in STEM gateway courses and increase their persistence in STEM programs at the institution.

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Language: English
Date: 2018

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