Southern California Edison awarded Vanguard University a grant to enhance STEM education on campus. The funded program launches Supplemental Instruction in Organic Chemistry Courses on Campus. Supplemental Instruction is a proven High-Impact Practice shown to demonstrate higher achievement, retention and persistence in the major.
Assessment of STEM students across the nation reveal that many students are marginally prepared for study in the sciences, especially in math (Warner, 2008). This holds true for Vanguard students as well. The goal of this proposal is to overcome these challenges by improving minority student achievement by implementing best-practices in STEM Education through second-year curriculum revision and student support services. This goal will be accomplished through 1) strategic revision of STEM gateway courses to include Supplemental Instruction and 2) expansion of student support and tutorial opportunities within Vanguard’s Office for Student Success and Tutorial Services and will be assessed by increasing retention and graduation rates.
Vanguard is looking forward to partnering with SCE to improve STEM education. It is anticipated that approximately 35 students will directly benefit each semester for this one-year project.