Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts
The expected outcome of the planning process will be strong established, coordinated partnerships from high school to university to employment in STEM.
The coalition model, with a multi-tiered approach including implementation of best practice pedagogy, social and/or financial supports, will result in increased enrollment and graduation from STEM majors as well as a diversification of the STEM workforce.
The coalition structure also provides for future expansion of the high school-college-industry network to improve outreach and strengthen the overall academic foundation for underrepresented minorities in STEM programs.
A long-term LSAMP alliance among local high schools, small colleges and universities will lead to cooperation that will facilitate the development of effective pedagogical approaches to increase underrepresented minority participation in STEM academics and careers.
The planning process will allow the Coalition to develop an infrastructure based on best practices and research and to coordinate effective and efficient solutions to reduce barriers for minorities in STEM-related fields.
This program will provide students new intellectual opportunities, engagement in high-impact practices, and advancement support to complete high school and STEM undergraduate degrees.
The result will be a strong academic support network and coordinated programming strategy for extended outreach beginning at the high school level.