The New York City Louis Stokes Alliance has created a powerful model of STEM educational reform at CUNY, one of the nation’s largest Urban Universities. To promote the recruitment, performance, and retention of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines and dramatically increase the number of STEM bachelor’s degrees awarded by the university.
- Baruch College
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Bronx Community College
- Brooklyn College
- City College of New York
- College of Staten Island
- College of Staten Island
- Hostos Community College
- Hunter College
- John Jay College
- Kingsborough Community College
- LaGuardia Community College
- Lehman College
- Medgar Evers College
- New York City College of Technology
- Queens College
- Queensborough Community College
- York College
The NYC Louis Stokes Alliance has a number of committees which foster CUNY wide consistency. These committees include: LSAMP Governing Board (chaired by Chancellor Goldstein/members include CUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, five CUNY college presidents, BoE representatives, and industrial representatives, LSAMP Steering Committee (CUNY academic deans), LSAMP Activity Coordinator’s Committee, Course Restructuring Committee (calculus, chemistry, and physics), Mathematics Department Chairs Committee, and individual Campus LSAMP and course restructuring committees. Campus steering committees have been established on all participating campuses.
The CUNY Pipeline Program for Careers in College Teaching and Research, which is sponsored by the Diamond Foundation, includes a summer institute at CUNY’s Graduate School and University Center and a three semester program which prepares students for graduate school. Other initiatives from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs (OEODP) include the MAGNET and Humana Scholars Program, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), and the NIH funded Bridges to the Doctorate program.
The Transition Initiative Program (TIP), formalized in the Spring of 1999, seeks to focus on areas of the STEM pipeline that are key to student success. These transition points from K-12 to CUNY undergraduate matriculation, Community College to CUNY Senior College transfer, and graduation from CUNY to complete the undergraduate STEM pipeline.
The Graduate Center completes CUNY’s K-12 through Ph.D. comprehensive approach to minority representation in the STEM fields. Programs include the OEODP initiatives (2c), the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and the NSF funded AGEP program. A fourth cohort of Bridge to the Doctorate Initiative was successfully enrolled and now includes seniors at the participating LSAMP sites. Bridge scholars matriculated into doctoral programs at the CUNY Graduate Center as well as at Universities across the country. The Bridge to the Doctorate program is centered at the Graduate Center.
Campus Wide Coordination activities via the campus steering committee include: Summer opportunities and enrichment activities, recruiting, Science and Technology campus colloquia, conferences and undergraduate research. The CUNY Science conference, the Urban University Series, LSAMP General Assemblies, Borough wide meetings, National MUSPIN conferences, Campus Research Symposiums and Conferences, Campus Newsletter publications and Open House activities serve to disseminate information, provide a forum for the LSAMP Scholar activities and recruiting of eligible students.
An integrated CUNY wide approach to underrepresented minority student development in STEM resulted in collaborations on information exchange, open house participation and workforce utilization. Programs involved were CUNY Black Male Initiative, College Now, Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI), Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces (CASI) Summer Research, NOAR CREST, NSF-CMMS, NASA COSI, CSEM Fellowship program, CUNY Counseling Assistantship Program (CUNYCAP), CUNY Institutes and Centers, and the CUNY BA Program.
The NYC LSAMP Virtual Institute seeks to integrate the LSAMP community. LSAMP announcements, Activity Coordinator meetings, Summer 2008 Research Opportunities, the Urban University Conference Series, abstract submission, Research Assistantship Applications, links to other LSAMPs and Surveys were available via the NYC LSAMP site at projectstem.net.