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ERIC Number: EJ1174877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
Working with the Wesley College Cannon Scholar Program: Improving Retention, Persistence, and Success
D'Souza, Malcolm J.; Shuman, Kevin E.; Wentzien, Derald E.; Roeske, Kristopher P.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v19 n1 p31-40 Feb-Mar 2018
Wesley College secured a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM (scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) grant (1355554) to provide affordability and access to its robust STEM programs. With these funds, the college initiated a freshman to senior level, mixed-cohort, Cannon Scholar (CS) learning community (LC). Around the proven high-impact practice of multi-tiered mentoring, this LC is designed for greater commitment to participating STEM undergraduates. It truly is a collaborative effort between faculty and administrators. For Scholars interested in mentored research, existing NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, and National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences-IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence funding, complement the innovation and cross-disciplinary collaborations in the CS programming. This enriches and further supports the CS LC. Throughout the 2014-2016 program duration, there were 66 unique scholarship recipients and 82% participated in directed research. Fifty-nine percent were from underrepresented minority populations and 65% were female. Ninety-five percent of these Scholars were retained and 100% of the graduates (n = 21) entered STEM fields. Analyses controlled for population similarity proves that with an intensive focus on academic support, high-impact uplifting practices were implemented through a framework of comprehensive student engagement activities. Such strategic interactions resulted in higher overall GPAs and significantly improved Scholar retention rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE); National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH//DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Delaware
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1355554; IIA1301765; P20GM103446
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