Since 1971, Spelman College has increased the percentage of its students earning STEM degrees from 9 percent to 30 percent.15 Key factors in its success include: a strong institutional vision combined with cooperation between faculty and administrators; external funding; and strategic partnerships with research institutions, national labs, and private STEM companies. The recommendations in this testimony are consistent with this philosophy.
15 McNair 2009, http://wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov/WIA2009_proceedings.pdf, p. 85
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