Enhancing Success in STEM by Building Skills and Intervention
Morehouse College - Funding provided by NSF STEP (Grant # 0756918) and HBCU-UP
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The main goal of the project is to increase the retention rate of STEM majors at Morehouse College. The overall objectives of the project include:
Identify at-risk STEM students in their freshman year to enroll in the Scientific Literacy course.
Develop scientific reasoning, quantitative literacy, and personal/professional future building skills.
Develop critical thinking skills through quantitative literacy exercises.
The specific objectives of the quantitative literacy include:
To enhance students' understanding of mathematical skills.
To increase students' ability to solve problems.
To develop students' skills in writing the solution to problems.
To improve students' performance in science courses.
Evaluation and Assessment Strategies
Products, Key Findings, Publications
The quantitative literacy component of the Scientific Literacy course was offered in a pilot not-credit course in the 2007- 2008 HBCU-UP Pre-Freshman Summer Science Bridge program. Pre- and post-tests were given to students in the program. Analysis of these data showed that all students performed better on the post-test than on the pre-test. Eighty percent (80%) of the students showed improvement of 15-38% in test scores. It is predicted that the at-risk students taking Scientific Literacy will have a significantly higher post-test due to the added incentive of being graded for a credit course.
The implementation of quantitative literacy activities during the summer bridge program showed improvement in the scores of the participants. A longitudinal study is being carried out to assess the impact on the performance of the participants in the STEM courses.
- Assessment Test
- Manual for Quantitative Literacy