Monday, March 4, 2013

STEM G Symposium... You're Invited!

During the first year of the STEM Gateway program, we have already seen promising successes:
  • Course reform initiatives are currently underway in STEM gateway sections where 82% of enrollments come from Hispanic and/or low-income students (CHEM 122 = 86.78%; MATH 121 = 78.2%; PHYC 160 = 84.2%)
  • Peer Learning Facilitators have been placed in 38 sections, serving 2,993 enrollments (Spring 2012 = 1164 students; Summer 2012 = 61 students; Fall 2012 = 1768 students)
    • More than sixty-five percent of students enrolled in PLF sections are either from Hispanic or low-income families
    • For Hispanic and low-income students, successful completion rates in sections that utilized PLFs were nearly five percentage points higher than for those sections that did not utilize PLFs

As we reflect upon the successes and challenges from the first year of the STEM Gateway grant, we need your help to plan for the future.

We invite you to attend the first annual STEM Gateway Symposium on Wednesday, March 20th from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm in the Office for the Support of Effective Teaching (OSET, Room B20, University Advisement and Enrichment Center).  Lunch will be provided.  If you are unable to stay for the full event, please feel free to arrive late or leave early as needed. 

The agenda for the Symposium will be as follows: 
  • Welcome, Introductions, Lunch & Update Presentations (45 minutes total)
    • Update Presentations Include: STEM Student Interest Group Courses; Peer Learning Facilitator Program; STEM Gateway Institutional Research; STEM Gateway Course Reform Projects
  • Discussion Groups (one for each program area, 45 minutes total): Groups will discuss successes and challenges for each program, and will suggest strategies to improve outcomes
  • Discussion Groups report out (15 minutes total)
  • Concluding Remarks (5 minutes)

If you would like to participate in this STEM Gateway Symposium, please RSVP at the following website:  Due to space and budget restrictions only fifty spaces are available, so please RSVP soon.  

We look forward to hearing your insights and suggestions for improving the UNM STEM experience for Hispanic and low-income students!

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Schroeder, STEM Gateway Project Director, at 277-1761 or  

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