I am confident that the alliance can continue to help increase the number of STEM graduates among historically underrepresented communities.
Statistics from Ohio State and the Ohio Department of Higher Education show the progress that alliance members have made:
- STEM bachelor's degrees for underrepresented minority students at Ohio State increased from 154 in 2013 to 344 in 2016.
- By 2016, LSAMP institutions were awarding more than twice as many underrepresented minority student STEM degrees (120 percent increase) than they were in 2011. By comparison, STEM bachelor's degrees in general increased 39 percent and total bachelor's degrees increased 10 percent.
- In the same period, enrollment of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines increased 31 percent across the alliance while total enrollments decreased 6 percent.
- Retention of LSAMP scholars was more than 20 percent higher than that of underrepresented minority STEM students who were not in LSAMP. Further, the average GPA for LSAMP Scholars was 0.6 units higher.
The LSAMP Alliance supports the academic, professional, and social development of students through high-impact, evidence-based practices and collaborations with industry and community partners. Highlights of the program at Ohio State include a freshmen summer bridge program, academic success coaching, faculty and peer mentoring, an LSAMP student organization, free tutoring and supplemental instruction services, and a summer undergraduate research program
I am so excited that The Ohio LSAMP Alliance was funded for another five years, said James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and the chief diversity officer at Ohio State. More important, I am confident that the alliance can continue to help increase the number of STEM graduates among historically underrepresented communities. There are many major employers in Ohio and beyond that could benefit from such STEM degree increases.
For more information, contact Barbara Fink, Ohio LSAMP Alliance Director, at 614-688-2998 or email@example.com.