Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges STEM Pipelines

The Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges STEM Pipelines (HSCC-STEM) study is a research project exploring the transitions to and through Hispanic-serving community colleges (HSCC) for underrepresented minoritized STEM students. Studying the influences of institutional characteristics such as their designation as an Hispanic-Serving Institution and community college context alongside underrepresented minoritized student background characteristics, precollege factors, environmental elements, academic performance, academic goals, degree attainment, academic and social experiences, may help to uncover which Hispanic-serving two-year institutions and which majors have the most viable STEM pathways for Hispanics and other underrepresented minoritized students. The proposed study seeks to assess which fields underrepresented minoritized STEM college students are more likely to persist and the extent to which HSCCs are more successful in their practices across STEM disciplines in comparison to other two-year institutions. One of the primary purposes of the proposed project to understand what factors contributed to underrepresented minoritized students entering and remaining at HSCCs and in the STEM fields. Therefore, the underlying focus of the study is to learn what factors serve as support systems and challenges for underrepresented minoritized students as they navigate STEM at HSCCs and the transfer pathways leading to further education in an effort to persist to STEM baccalaureates.

Support for this work is provided by the National Science Foundation's HRD Division of Human Resource Development​ under Award 1645072. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Award Number: 1645072
Principal Investigator: Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Award Amount: $295,835.00

Goals

The HSCC-STEM study endeavors to establish a richer understanding of the ways that HSCC may affect student persistence among diverse learners and illuminate ways that these unique institutional contexts play a role in furthering educational comes for STEM students. Additionally, this study will demonstrate the nuances of divergent practices and processes that can affect postsecondary persistence in STEM for underrepresented minoritized students in two-year special population colleges.

Research Questions

The HSCC-STEM study will answer the following guiding research questions. 

  1. To what degree does HSCC attendance positively affect underrepresented minoritized students’ persistence?
  2. What contributing factors exert influence on those who decide to initially enroll in STEM programs at a HSCC versus other Minority-Serving Institutions or predominately White community college?
  3. What factors do we know impact student retention and could institutional culture and minority-serving designation influence or change those factors for different student groups in STEM programs?
  4. To what extent do precollege factors, student engagement and institutional factors contribute to the persistence and degree attainment of Hispanics and other underrepresented minoritized students at HSCCs and other types of two-year institutions?

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    Exploring STEM Pathways at Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges (HSCCs)

    Louis Stokes Midwest Center Of Excellence (LSMCE) Webinar

    This webinar explores the defining characteristics of Hispanic-serving community colleges (HSCCs), factors that influence successful matriculation of URMs in STEM programs of study at HSCCs, sharing preliminary data and profiles for select states. The presenters will discuss the opportunities and complexity of this unique context of higher education and the granular detail required in the exploration of practices promoting STEM education at HSCCs that foster student success among diverse learners.

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