Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The STEM Gateway program is focused on improving student success in STEM degree programs at the University of New Mexico.  Among other initiatives, we collect and analyze data related to the STEM student experience at UNM.

As part of this mission, we recently asked these questions:
  • How do undergraduate students who graduate with STEM degrees differ from those who switch majors out of STEM, and from those who stop attending UNM prior to completing their degrees?
  • How do undergraduate STEM students perform in the core math & science gateway courses that lead into their STEM degrees?

You will find a description of the study “Stop, Shift or Graduate: STEM Undergraduate Degree Completion Patterns at UNM” located on the study website: http://unmstemgateway.blogspot.com/p/stop-shift-or-graduate.html   

In preparation for our release of this report, we would like your help in analyzing the data. 

You are invited to attend a focus group discussion on Monday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Office for the Support of Effective Teaching (OSET).  Boxed lunches will be provided.  If you elect to participate in this discussion, we will email you the preliminary reports from this study soon after you sign-up. 

During the focus group discussion, we will answer three questions:
  • What are the IMPLICATIONS of this data?
  • What are the LIMITATIONS of this data?
  • What ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS does this data indicate that we should ask and answer?

Following the focus group discussion, your answers to these three questions will be summarized and included in our final published report.

To sign-up for these focus group discussions, simply go to the following website and reserve your space: http://rq1stemgateway2013.eventbrite.com.  Or if you prefer, you may sign-up by email by contacting Cathy Britain at cbritain@unm.edu or Tim Schroeder at timschroeder@unm.edu.

If you have any questions regarding this study, please feel free to contact me at 277-1761 or at timschroeder@unm.edu.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your continued commitment to STEM students at UNM!

To visit the “Stop, Shift or Graduate” webpage, go to: http://unmstemgateway.blogspot.com/p/stop-shift-or-graduate.html.