The Effects of Student Success Workshops on Undergraduate Hispanic STEM Students on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Authors:
J. Elizabeth Casey, The University of Texas Permian Basin, USA
Runchang Lin, Texas A&M International University, USA
Selina V. Mireles, The University of Texas Permian Basin, USA
Rohitha Goonatilake, Texas A&M International University, USA
Email: casey_j@utpb.edu
Published: June 1, 2019
https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.7.1.03

Citation: Casey, J. E., Lin, R., Mireles, S. V., & Goonatilake, R. (2019). The Effects of Student Success Workshops on Undergraduate Hispanic STEM Students on the U.S.-Mexico Border. IAFOR Journal of Education, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.7.1.03


Abstract

The goal of the College of Arts & Sciences Community-aid (CASC-aid) project, a National Science Foundation grant funded study (2016-2021), is to develop, implement, and evaluate a program that fosters a community of academic success for Hispanic STEM students. This Hispanic Serving Institute continues to provide a variety of supports to safeguard success for Hispanic CASC-aid scholars through effective communication. Along with scholarships, Project CASC-aid delivers mentoring and intervention strategies related to non-cognitive behavioral practices to ensure scholars are motivated and empowered, and to support the postsecondary educational success of Hispanic students (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007). Embedded within the research is a Formative Experiment (Reinking & Bradley, 2008), which allowed researchers to gather data on one facet of the project. CASC-aid scholars responded to surveys after Student Success Workshops held across the 2017-2019 academic years. Analysis of results demonstrated that workshops were effective in supporting students’ long-term goals, career major decisions, and overall knowledge of a wider STEM field.

Keywords

Hispanic, undergraduate, STEM, supports, workshops