SYSTEM BEST PRACTICES IN DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING,
AND MATH (STEM) AREAS
2008 Phase I Report from UW Campuses on Best Practices
County/Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (UW-Barron
County): This program, which emphasizes math and science for
students grades seven through twelve, has both an academic year
and a summer component. The majority of participants are Native
American. Math and science teachers from area schools are also
involved in the program.
- Full Circle
Precollege Program (UW-Marinette): This program is offered jointly
with the College of the Menominee Nation and serves primarily
Native American students. The program, which has both a summer
and an academic year component, is intended for students in the
eighth grade. The academic year component consists of nine meetings
that address various topics including science and math, writing,
native culture and language and preparation for high school and
college. Field trips are also a part of the program. The summer
camp that is held at UW-Marinette includes a science day, an archeological
day, and an art and photography day.
Avenue Precollege Program (UW-Richland): UW-Richland’s middle
school precollege program provides both residential and on-site
preparation for college-level courses, advanced instruction in
academic subjects ranging from mathematical, natural and social
sciences to fine arts and the humanities, and leadership training.
Vicki C. Washington
Migrant Outreach Program is used to increased participants’ appreciation
for science-related education and activities, and to increase
participants’ comfort with computers and academic activities.
Al S. Thompson,
- The College
of SAH and Office of Continuing Education have created a "Community
Outreach in Science" summer program for students of color
and/or for students from a family with a financial need. The program
is for students who will have finished grades 6, 7, or 8. Although
this program is not directly for students of color currently enrolled
at UW-La Crosse, it will likely increase the probability of students
of color pursuing a college education at UW-La Crosse, and may
ultimately lead to increased retention once the students pursue
a college education.
Ruby R. Paredes
- The PEOPLE
Program has expanded with the participation of the College of
Engineering, the Division of Information Technology and its Information
Technology Academy (ITA), College of Letters and Science and the
Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE), the Law School through its
3rd Yr PEOPLE internships, and the School of Nursing.
for Academic Success (CAS) is an effort to ensure that each student
has early and continuing connections to key support services,
and that these services provide timely response particularly during
the first year of transition to university life which is supported
by: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, with
the Chemistry Learning Center, Math Tutorial Program, Physics
Learning Program, the Business Learning Center, Division of University
Housing, Academic Affairs/Pathways to Excellence in the College
of Letters and Science, academic advisers and the Cross-College
Advising Service, the Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation
and Dissemination (LEAD) Center, M/D Coordinators in schools and
colleges, the Registrar’s Office, Undergraduate Admissions, and
Deans offices in all schools and colleges.
Chemistry and Ethnicity (Chem 201) is the first Chemistry course
to qualify for the Ethnic Studies Requirement. Billed as the
first ethnic studies course to “break the science barrier,” Chem
201 studies uranium mining and its effects on the Navajo community.
The course was designed, developed and team-taught by Catherine
Middlecamp, Distinguished Faculty Associate and Director of the
Chemistry Learning Center, and Omie Baldwin, Senior Student Services
Program Manager and Counselor in University Health Services.
Gary L. Williams
Hall, Rm. 225
- The MEDAL
(Medicine, Engineering, Dentistry, Architecture and Law) Program
is Designed for students in grades 9 through 12 and is a joint
project sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction,
the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Marquette University,
the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee
School of Engineering, and the Milwaukee Area Health Education
- Pre-college Health Sciences Institute,
15 rising high school juniors and seniors, The PHSI is
a six-week, 180-hour comprehensive summer program that provides
preliminary education for 15 high school students who are preparing
to enter post-secondary education programs at UWM or elsewhere.
PHSI enrolls rising high school juniors and seniors from MPS or
other area high schools who have a GPA of at least 2.5, and who
have successfully completed courses in mathematics, English and
biology. The classes include mathematics, laboratory research/faculty
mentoring experience, English, computer literacy, technology and
Scholars Scholarship Program. The purpose of this scholarship
is to provide Multicultural student with financial support leading
to a B.S. degree in Engineering or Computer Science and future
employment with a Milwaukee company. Financial support begins
at the junior year of high school and continues for six years.
The program offers a strong corporate student/mentoring relationship
that sharpens professional skills and broadens career options.
Hall, Rm. 131
- The DAS
Summer Mathematics and Reading Talent Scholars (SMARTS) Program
targets selected Milwaukee middle schools, including Andrew S.
Douglas Community Academy, Grand Avenue, Roosevelt, Sholes and
Thomas Edison Middle Schools. UW System primarily funds the program
for $21,000 annually, with supplementary DAS funds. SMARTS offers
intensive reading and mathematics classes for sixth grade students.
During the summer, students participate in a two-week residential
program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with follow-up
activities at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Students
participating in the program also take study skills and esteem-building
- The DAS
Precollege Enrichment Program (PEP) is a two session two-week
residential program for students entering grades 8-12 in the fall.
The program serves multicultural and disadvantaged students and
is primarily funded through the Department of Public Instruction
and the Division of Academic Support for a total of $87,000.
The primary purpose of the program is to improve academic skills
in English, mathematics, science, computers, and study skills,
including personal health and wellness, career planning and multicultural
Education for Summer Enrichment Opportunities (DESEO) is a collaborative
program with the Division of Academic Support and UW System Office
of Academic Diversity and Development. It is a part of the “Reach
Out” Learning Anywhere Anytime Program (LAAP), partners
with six cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota to provide distance
learning to students residing in various migrant camps. Funded
through a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
(F.I.P.S.E.) grant, DESEO offers a two-week residential summer
program for 10-12 Hispanic high school students of migrant families
in the Fox Valley (Oshkosh and surrounding communities). DESEO
provides students an opportunity to access courses on-line
and receive daily one-on-one tutoring from residential staff.
Additional components include English/composition, mathematics,
science, study skills, health and wellness and career exploration.
Some students earn credits toward high school graduation requirements.
agreement: UW Center-Fox Valley & UW Platteville: Pre-Engineering
- DAS &
Biology Department received a $1,295 Diversity Council Innovation
Grant to have Dr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr. speak on campus.
Falls, WI 54022
- Upward Bound
Program: Students apply and begin the program in the 9th
grade and continue through summer programs at UW-River Falls as
well as interactions with tutors and at special sessions throughout
the academic year. Key goals for participants include program
retention and high school graduation; successful college placement,
retention and graduation; receiving effective academic and personal
counseling and career advising; exposure to social and cultural
enrichment; receiving assistance in ESL; and increased math, science,
language and foreign language achievement.
Reach for Excellence. Ongoing and amended for Plan 2008. Partners:
Each college (Arts & Science; Human Development; Technology,
Engineering and Management) and Multicultural Student Services.
Goals and Duration: In addition to the overarching goals for
Pre-college, our goal here was to deepen and enrich the experience
for the participants and to broaden University involvement. Each
student had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the possibilities
in one area, and each returning student can try a different field
the following year. Four one-week sessions were offered, and
the program will be held again in summer 2003.
- STEPS program
(Science, Technology and Engineering Programs for Girls). Goals:
Foster interests in science and engineering among 12-year old
girls. Every summer for 5 summers. Hosted 156 participants in
01-02; 32 were students of color; of the 20 counselor and junior
counselor positions, 10 were held by students of color.
to the 2008
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