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ERIC Number: ED371797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 11
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Comprehensive Minority SEM Programs at Santa Fe Community College.
Pantano, John
Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has developed a series of minority science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM) programs to address the growing need for students receiving college and advanced degrees in science-based career fields and the underrepresentation of minorities in these fields. The goals of the SEM programs are to interest more women and minorities in pursuing SEM degrees; prepare students for the academic and personal challenges of college; improve the probability of student success in SEM programs; and increase the number of transfer students. Current SEM programs at SFCC include: (1) the Young Scholars program, a 4-week summer program for 7th and 8th graders focusing on Water Quality and Artificial Life; (2) a Summer Institute Pre-College Bridge program, an 8-week summer session including a math/science class, college orientation, and career counseling; (3) scholarships to cover tuition, books, and fees; (4) a faculty mentoring program; (5) an SEM Hispanic Organization; (6) tutorial labs for developmental, entry-level, and other science and math courses; (7) distance learning; (8) recruitment activities, including visits to area high schools; and (9) work study positions in the Math/Science department. Decisions related to what programs to propose and how they should be run are made by all members of the Math/Science Department. Program coordination is handled by the Math/Science Coordinator, an educational technician who handles grant writing and program administration and evaluation, and faculty members. Evaluation results indicate that the Summer Institute is effective in encouraging student to take science and math courses and preparing them to succeed in the courses and that the Tutorial Labs reduced attrition. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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