The alliance members say it will key in on relevant educational experiences to support groups such as African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders. In 2013-2014, participating schools graduated a combined 295 minority students with STEM degrees.
To achieve this goal, alliance partners will apply three strategies:
- Implement cohesive, high-impact practice programs to increase the first-year, full-time minority student retention rate by 2 percent per year at each institution and to strengthen disciplinary engagement
- Facilitate seamless transitions from high schools to STEM undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Facilitate students’ transition from community colleges to four-year institutions.