We are very excited to announce the release of a white paper on Retention of Underrepresented Minorities (URMs) in Engineering Education completed in collaboration with the National Society of Black Engineers (Alexandria, VA).
Approximately 50 deans and university administrators convened at the URM Engineering Student
Success Symposium in Utah in June 2018. The event, which received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), was organized by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and co-hosted by the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Attendees hoped to connect with their peers to gain specific tools grounded in research, to inform their institutions’ ongoing efforts to improve students’ completion rates in Engineering field(s).
NSBE projects significant benefits from the Symposium over a five-year period, including higher numbers of newly enrolled and retained URM and women engineering students, through improved programming and outreach efforts that remove barriers to targeted recruitment, retention, and completion rates for these students.
This white paper provides a summary of the knowledge gained by Symposium participants from various sessions, a recap of their institutions’ post-conference plans and actions on/off campus, and a review of current or planned strategies to improve URM students’ college or university retention and completion. It also summarizes research on good college retention and completion practices and on interventions discussed at the sessions and also cited in the NSBE’s Student Retention Toolkit.
Link to the paper https://tinyurl.com/rekbbfc