PKAL Sessions at the 2010 AAC&U Annual Meeting

Developing Comprehensive Institutional Plans for Success in More Inclusive STEM Undergraduate Education

Across the United States, traditionally white colleges and universities continue to under-perform in attracting and retaining women and students of color as undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Science faculty and staff from nine national liberal arts colleges, supported by a Faculty Career Enhancement grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are using their collective programmatic successes and failures to create generic guidelines for establishing and sustaining comprehensive undergraduate STEM diversity programs. Panelists described successful comprehensive program elements and will discuss, with the audience, common departmental and institutional barriers to change and strategies for overcoming those barriers. ??

Presenters: Jim Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry, Director Center for Science and the Liberal Arts, Grinnell College; Wendy Raymond, Associate Professor of Biology & Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Williams College; Trish Ferrett, Professor of Chemistry, Carleton College; Kate Queeney, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Smith College; Jeff Tecosky-Feldman, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Haverford College