ERIC Number: ED343642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
How To Start a MESA Center at a Community College.
Between September 1990 and December 1991, Cabrillo College implemented the Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program to increase the number of underrepresented minority students enrolling in scientific disciplines at Cabrillo and subsequently transferring to four-year colleges. The initial program was targeted to 200 MESA members who were enrolled in 1 high school and 2 pre-college schools. Cabrillo also began to serve 100 minority community college students who were enrolled in math and science through the PACE (Pathways to Academic Excellence) program. Participating students visited university campuses and industry sites, were introduced to role models and mentors, and met with tutors and study groups. MESA provided academic enrichment, including weekly meetings, Saturday academies, and family math programs; and helped arrange for transfers and scholarships. Behind the scenes, articulation activities made sure that counselors were referring eligible students to the program, and that students could get into courses that were transferable. The community college proved to be a less-expensive route for talented pre-college MESA students, as well as an option for completing prerequisites for minorities not on the college preparatory track in high school. It also proved attractive to underrepresented minority women, who constituted 51% of the PACE participants. The MESA report is divided into five sections: (1) an outline of the history of MESA; (2) guidelines for starting a MESA center; (3) program objectives and activities; (4) observations and recommendations; and (5) appendixes, including a budget, job descriptions, MESA brochures and forms, a corporate funding proposal, and information about PACE. (JSP)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Mathematics, College Science, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Engineering Education, Majors (Students), Mathematical Enrichment, Minority Groups, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Development, School Holding Power, Science Education, Student Recruitment, Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges
Cabrillo College MESA Center, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95033 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cabrillo Coll., Aptos, CA.