Ruby A. Montoya-Ospina
Sciences and Math
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
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Trans-disciplinary undergraduate marine science research experience in Puerto Rico part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences:Essays
Ruby A. Montoya-Ospina, Sciences, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon Despite the enormous variety and socio-economic importance of marine resources in Puerto Rico, opportunities to conduct marine ...
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Environmental Sciences, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon part of Strong Geoscience Departments:Degree Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Ruby A. Montoya-Ospina, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a ...
Supporting Minority Students at Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon part of Integrate:Program Design:Increase Diversity:Supporting Minority Students
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus (IAUPRBC) is a private, non-profit Hispanic Serving Institution. The IAUPRBC is the largest private institution of higher education in Bayamón, with an enrollment of more than 5,000 (92.4% undergraduate students). The IAUPRBC serves a broad spectrum of Hispanic students whose learning styles require a variety of experiences in and outside of the classroom. Many require tutoring in one or more basic skills. The student failure rate in gatekeeper courses stands at 57%, hindering advancement to upper level courses and increasing attrition among first and second year students. In response to these challenges, IAUPRBC have been developing activities geared to create the conditions for student-centered education, especially in traditional gatekeeper courses required in engineering, science, and technology programs. Faculty and infrastructure have been reinforced and undergraduate research has been promote as a key factor in STEM fields. IAUPRBC has been implementing distance learning courses and is committed to academic innovation. Currently, IAUPRBC houses an advanced technological infrastructure, with both Internet and Intranet capabilities, on a fiber optic backbone. There are over 600 workstations, with wireless access points strategically placed for users to connect to with their own portable computers. The Campus library has been transformed into the Information Access Center (IAC). A new database integrating all titles in the university system has been implemented and a virtual library can be accessed through the Internet and the university Intranet. Also, IAUPRBC has a Tutoring Center to help students on English, Spanish and Math skills and a "Internship, Exchange and Partial-Employment Office" to support students on their search for these activities to complete their education. The institution offers a Bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master degree in Environmental Sciences and Ecology.