ERIC Number: EJ1121386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Broadening Participation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in STEM through a Hybrid Online Transfer Program
Drew, Jennifer C.; Galindo-Gonzalez, Sebastian; Ardissone, Alexandria N.; Triplett, Eric W.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v15 n3 Article 50 Sep 2016
The Microbiology and Cell Science (MCS) Department at the University of Florida (UF) developed a new model of a 2 + 2 program that uses a hybrid online approach to bring its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum to students. In this paradigm, 2-year graduates transfer as online students into the Distance Education in MCS (DE MCS) bachelor of science program. The program has broadened access to STEM with a steadily increasing enrollment that does not draw students away from existing on-campus programs. Notably, half of the DE MCS students are from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds and two-thirds are women, which represents a greater level of diversity than the corresponding on-campus cohort and the entire university. Additionally, the DE MCS cohort has comparable retention and academic performance compared with the on-campus transfer cohort. Of those who have earned a BS through the DE MCS program, 71% are women and 61% are URM. Overall, these data demonstrate that the hybrid online approach is successful in increasing diversity and provides another viable route in the myriad of STEM pathways. As the first of its kind in a STEM field, the DE MCS program serves as a model for programs seeking to broaden their reach.
Descriptors: Transfer Programs, Minority Group Students, Females, Womens Studies, Student Participation, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Student Records, Focus Groups, Enrollment Rate, Student Diversity, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Access to Education, College Programs, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE1161177