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Unified support for STEM students

VU International News and Reviews No. 98 September 25 2017

September 2017

The Pulias Centre for Higher Education at the University of Southern California has published a report on a project to enhance the changes of success for underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields. Based on a 3-year study at 8 campuses, the study “Creating a Unified Community of Support: Increasing Success for Underrepresented Students in STEM” finds that the crucial success factor is the combination of interventions and the unified collaboration between the academics and administrators involved. The exact nature of the interventions – like summer schools, a first-year seminar, or redesigned courses – is less important than having a mix of them and also less important than the avoidance of a silo approach without adequate cooperation.

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