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Develop and implement strategies for increasing the success of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and mathematics.

 

LEADS: Dr. David Vanden Bout, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In partnership with the Provost’s enrollment management team, the College has identified promising students for the Texas Advance Program, a major new scholarship initiative aimed at supporting the success of economically disadvantaged individuals who perform at the top in their high school class. Texas Advance offers eligible students the chance to compete for scholarship awards and participate in one or more of our invitation-only academic learning communities. To promote this initiative, the College has leveraged resources within the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan and the University Leadership Network so that more underrepresented freshmen students enter the College.  The College has also instituted active recruiting of students underreprsented in our disciplines in partnership with the Office of Admissions, with student-to-student recruiting by phone and a high school ambassadors visiting program. At the graduate level, the College has committed funds for faculty travel to conferences that provide significant opportunities for recruiting students who are underrepresented in our scientific disciplines.

In 2015-16, the student-led Council for Diversity Engagement took the lead in community-building efforts across the CNS campus. Members of the council began offering a new kick-off event for students from traditionally under-represented groups at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The College also partnered with the Office of Admissions on important new recruiting efforts for underrepresented students.


BENCHMARKS FOR IMPLEMENTATION

  • Effective recruiting strategies will increase the diversity of our students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Students from traditionally underrepresented groups will achieve academic success and feel a sense of belonging in the College.

 

OUR METRICS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

The College:

  • tracks diversity in our freshman and transfer applicants, invitations and yield
  • tracks student success indicators for all students, including those from underrepresented groups, monitoring indicators such as academic probation rates and GPA
  • assesses student satisfaction levels through an annual climate survey
  • assesses advisor perceptions of student belonging and satisfaction through an annual climate survey

 

NEXT STEPS 

  • We are working with the Office of Admissions on campus-wide coordinated recruiting efforts.
  • We are training staff and administrators to improve their ability to meet the needs of all students, including students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.