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Suggested Citation:"10 EVALUATION OF THE COLLOQUY." National Academy of Engineering. 2012. Colloquy on Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13502.
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EVALUATION OF THE COLLOQUY

The Colloquy helped me to think theoretically about the challenges faced by different populations with respect to STEM. It also helped me to understand the ways in which the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and other dimensions of identity impacts the experiences of men in science and engineering.

– Colloquy participant

An evaluation1 of the impact of the Colloquy, completed in 2012, noted that “respondents created a picture of a lively and collaborative environment growing from the conference,” with 78 percent reporting that they “established or participated in new studies or exploratory collaborations” since attending the Colloquy and 74 percent reporting that they had developed new research or research collaborations as a result of the Colloquy. In addition, 55 percent of the respondents reported that they “changed their teaching practices as a result of exposure to STEM educational research.”

The evaluation notes a large number of publications and presentations that resulted from the respondents’ participation in the Colloquy, with submissions (39 percent) to funding agencies other than NSF and 21 percent to NSF. About a third (30 percent) of the respondents reported participating in NSF panels between the Colloquy and the evaluation (approximately 18 months).

The evaluator, Barbara Bogue noted in her report that “the responses of more than two-thirds of Colloquy participants two years after the event provide solid evidence that the Colloquy made a positive long-term impact on participant research, teaching, practice and career development.”

The evaluation specifically reinforced the importance of networks in fostering collaboration among the researchers and in creating greater visibility for their research. And, based on the participants’ comments about the impacts of the Colloquy on their research, the evaluation will be informative for future NAE projects that work toward both widening the talent pool of the engineering workforce and convening stakeholders to initiate actions to address diversity needs.

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1 For more information please see Barbara Bogue, Post-Event Assessment Report: Colloquy on Minority Males in STEM, August 2010, The AWE Project, Pennsylvania State University, July 2012.

Suggested Citation:"10 EVALUATION OF THE COLLOQUY." National Academy of Engineering. 2012. Colloquy on Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13502.
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On August 8-12, 2010 the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), convened the Colloquy on Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), following the release of several reports highlighting the educational challenges facing minority males. The NSF recognized the need to gather input from research communities that focus on minority males about how to frame investigations of gender-based factors that impact learning and choice in STEM education (both at the precollege and higher education levels) and the workforce for minority males. There was particular interest in framing a research agenda to study how interactions between minority males and societal and educational systems (both formal and informal) encourage or discourage the young men's interest and persistence in STEM. In addition, NSF hoped to gain community input to inform the parameters of a future NSF research program that could effectively address minority male participation in STEM. The Colloquy was held at the Mt. Washington Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland, with approximately 40 participants, most of them researchers in education, psychology, sociology, mathematics, and physics.

Colloquy on Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics presents a summary of the Colloquy's breakout and plenary discussions, which addressed (a) research questions articulated in the breakout groups together with theories and methodologies to begin to address these questions; and (b) considerations for a potential research solicitation for the NSF, with major areas of inquiry concerning access, participation, and success for minority males in STEM.

This report reflects the views of the individuals who participated in the plenary and breakout groups. It has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies' Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity.

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