LU’s capabilities are best demonstrated by its performance during its initial HBCU-UP project which terminates at the end of the Spring 2008 session. The degree of our readiness relates directly to our accomplishments during this project. Our project strategy was to attract LINC scholar quality students, with specific emphasis on Chemistry and Biology.
Intense mentoring and colloquiums to reinforce core course study were additional strategies to ensure retention. Quality research internship experiences were a strategic activity that further prepared scholars for graduate school readiness. Our goal for scholars was matriculation to graduate school.
Our accomplishments surpassed the project’s objectives and positively impacted the entire STEM program, spreading the impact beyond the LINC scholar group. The number of Chemistry graduates during LINC increased by 500% and Biology increased by 23% versus and overall goal of 15%.
The number of STEM students who entered MS/PhD programs (graduate school ongoing rate) increased by 133% (vs. a goal of 40%). Faculty who participate in research activities and mentoring now exceed 70% of total vs. a goal of 60%.
Additional major accomplishments that from the university.
We experienced a 600% increase in the number of STEM students involved in research internships and a 450% increase in the number of national winners in research presentation competition.
The number of student enrolled as STEM majors increased substantially for three to four STEM degrees offered. Demonstrate LU’s capabilities and support our claims of capabilities are:
- Retention programs have produced a 96.6% STEM retention rate. Only 7 out of 179 cohort students transferred from the university.
- We experienced a 600% increase in the number of national winners in research presentation competition.
- The number of students enrolled as STEM majors increased substantially for 3 out of 4 STEM degrees offered.