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ERIC Number: EJ1174806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
Overcoming Barriers in Access to High Quality Education after Matriculation: Promoting Strategies and Tactics for Engagement of Underrepresented Groups in Undergraduate Research via Institutional Diversity Action Plans
Pierszalowski, Sophie; Vue, Rican; Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v19 n1 p48-55 Feb-Mar 2018
Considerable work is still required to eliminate disparities in postsecondary STEM persistence and success across student groups. Engagement in faculty-mentored research has been employed as one strategy to promote personal, professional, and academic gains for undergraduate students, although barriers exist that make it more difficult for some to participate than others. In this article, we highlight three guiding strategies for structuring institutional diversity action plans that will help ensure equitable access to undergraduate research experiences. Relevant to these three strategies, we propose five specific tactics that educators and institutional leaders will find attainable in relatively short time frames, in addition to a questionnaire for institutional self-assessment related to these tactics. By following the recommendations outlined in this article, and thereby establishing an infrastructure for equitable access to undergraduate research experiences, we assert that institutions can begin to close educational achievement gaps, meet growing U.S. workforce demands, and uphold the democratic ideals of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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