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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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Appendix C

Site Visit Overview

Serving as a significant component of the committee’s information-gathering efforts, from September 2017 through November 2017, a subset of committee members conducted informational site visits at nine Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) that implement promising models, policies, practices, and/or strategies to help propel more students toward degree attainment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and toward strong preparation for success in STEM careers. Participating MSIs were selected from a list of nominated institutions culled from discussions with key stakeholders of the study’s report. Nominations were accepted from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center on Minority Serving Institutions and from MSI association groups (e.g., United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund). While it would have been valuable to visit more schools, time and financial resources required tough decisions on which institutions to visit. In the selection of sites, the committee made a conscious effort to include a diversity of perspectives represented across the different classifications of MSIs, size of institution, setting (rural, urban, etc.), and region.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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Institution Designation Governance Type Location
Dillard University HBCU Private Four-year New Orleans, LA
Mission College AANAPISI Public Two-year Santa Clara, CA
Morgan State University HBCU Public Four-year Baltimore, MD
North Carolina A&T State University HBCU Public Four-year Greensboro, NC
Salish Kootenai College TCU Public Four-year Pablo, MT
San Diego State University HSI Public Four-year San Diego, CA
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley HSI Public Four-year Pharr, TX
West Los Angeles College HSI Public Two-year Culver City, CA
Xavier University HBCU Private Four-year New Orleans, LA

At each site visit, candid discussions were held with presidents, deans, provosts, faculty and staff, students, recent alumni, and community and industry partners. As a result of the open and candid discussion held during these site visits, the committee was able to collect unique data, both qualitative and quantitative in nature, on illustrative examples of long-standing models and approaches to support racial and ethnic minorities in STEM, as well as to identify examples of promising and innovative efforts that address the changing STEM landscape and future workforce needs. These data helped to inform several of the research conclusions and recommendations within this report.

Group Interview Agendas

Agenda: Morgan State University

September 11, 2017

8:15 AM Coffee/Welcome/Brief Introductions
8:30 AM Presentation from President of Morgan State University
9:00 AM Discussion with Administration
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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9:45 AM Meet with Faculty/Staff
10:30 AM Tour of STEM Lab
11:00 AM Tour of School of Computer, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences
11:15 AM LUNCH
12:00 PM Meet with Faculty/Staff
1:00 PM Meet with Students and Alumni
2:30 PM Committee Debrief

Agenda: West Los Angeles College

November 13, 2017

10:45 AM Welcome/Introductions
11:00 AM Committee meets with Administrators
12:30 AM LUNCH
with Faculty/Staff
1:45 AM BREAK
2:00 PM Meeting with Community/Industry Partners
3:15 PM Committee meets with Students and Alumni
4:30 PM Adjourn

Agenda: San Diego State University

September 22, 2017

8:30 AM Coffee/Welcome/Brief Introductions
9:00 AM Meet with Administrators
10:30 AM BREAK
11:00 AM Lab Tour
11:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Meet with Faculty/Staff
2:15 PM BREAK
2:30 PM Meet with Students and Alumni
3:45 PM Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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Agenda: Dillard University

October 10, 2017

10:15 AM Coffee Mixer
Welcome/Overview of Institution
10:30 AM Committee meets Administrators
12:00 PM Lunch with Faculty
1:45 PM Meeting with Community Partners, Laboratory, STEM Facility Tour
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Meet with Students and Alumni
4:00 PM Adjourn

Agenda: Xavier University

October 11, 2017

8:00 AM Coffee Mixer
Welcome/Brief introduction
9:00 AM Committee meets with Administrators
9:45 AM Brief Tour
10:15 AM Meeting with Faculty and Staff
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Meet with Faculty and Staff
12:00 PM Lunch
Meet with Recent Alumni
1:00 PM Break
1:30 PM Meet with Students
2:15 PM Meet with Faculty/Staff
3:00 PM Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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Agenda: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

October 23, 2017

8:00 AM Welcome/Overview of Institution
9:00 AM Tour of Campus
10:30 AM Meet with Administrators
11:45 AM Break
12:00 PM Lunch with Faculty and Staff
1:00 PM Meet with Community Partners
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Meet with Students and Alumni
3:15 Meet with Department Chairs
4:00PM Adjourn

Agenda: North Carolina A&T State University

November 6, 2017

10:15 AM STEM Lab Facilities Tour
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Meet with Students
12:00 PM Lunch with Administrators
1:00 PM Meet with Interim Provost
1:45 PM Break
2:00 PM Meet with Faculty and Staff
3:00PM Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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Agenda: Mission College

November 8, 2017

9:00 AM Coffee Mixer
9:15 AM Committee meets Executive Cabinet
9:45 AM STEM Leadership Team
10:45 AM BREAK
11:00 AM STEM Learning Center & Cisco Lab Tour
11:30 AM Lunch (meet w/Faculty & Staff)
12:30 PM BREAK
12:45 PM STEM Leadership Team
1:45 PM Committee meets with 6-7 students/early post-docs/recent alumni
2:45 PM Wrap-up / Adjourn

Agenda: Salish Kootenai College

November 13, 2017

8:45 AM Welcome/Introductions
9:00 AM Meet with Administrators
11:00 AM Meet with STEM Faculty
12:00 PM Lunch
Meet with STEM Students
1:00 PM Tour of Campus
2:00 PM Meet with Other STEM Faculty
3:00 PM Meet with “STEM Academy” Students
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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Sample of Site Visit Discussion Questions

To Administration, Faculty, and Staff

  • What are some of your institution’s long-standing and emergent or promising practices as it concerns outreach, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented minority students into STEM programs at your institution?
  • What are some of your long-standing and/or recent best practices for facilitating the transition of underrepresented minority graduates of STEM programs at MSIs to appropriate next phases in their career trajectories?
  • Where are some of the greatest challenges in sustaining and/or scaling up your successful programs or practices?
  • How does the administration define “success”? How does your MSI recognize and celebrate success?
  • What are some of the institutional policies that help to facilitate success for students in STEM courses?
  • What are some policies that may serve as barriers to success, and how has your institution addressed those barriers?
  • How are faculty members at your institution supported in their efforts to improve their teaching and enhance their research portfolio?
  • How does your institution strengthen the knowledge base and experiential learning opportunities of your students (and faculty)? How might those practices be adopted or adapted by other MSIs and by all institutions?
  • Can you describe efforts toward pedagogy that are helping students succeed in STEM?
  • What resources would matter in enrolling more students, or if retaining the students is the objective, what resources would you need?

To Students and Recent Alumni

  • How would you describe the culture and climate for STEM students at your MSI? Are you aware of any steps your MSI has taken to enhance the culture and climate—in STEM departments and campus-wide?
  • From your perspective, how would you define “student success”?
  • Do you feel that your MSI has made sufficient efforts to celebrate and honor quality and excellence among students? Do you feel that your institution sufficiently recognizes your successes?
  • Does your institution promote collaboration among other STEM students? Do you, as a STEM student, sometimes feel isolated in your efforts or pathway to progress?
  • Do you feel supported and appropriately mentored within this program? Has your MSI recently created new support systems and structures for the well-being of their students?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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  • Has your MSI developed effective and sustainable means for enabling STEM graduates to move to graduate training? To employment?

To Industry/Community Partners:

  • How do you support MSIs?
  • Do you find that students graduating from MSIs have the necessary skill sets to excel in your work environment? If yes, how so? If not, do you teach them?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Site Visit Overview." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25257.
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There are over 20 million young people of color in the United States whose representation in STEM education pathways and in the STEM workforce is still far below their numbers in the general population. Their participation could help re-establish the United States’ preeminence in STEM innovation and productivity, while also increasing the number of well-educated STEM workers.

There are nearly 700 minority-serving institutions (MSIs) that provide pathways to STEM educational success and workforce readiness for millions of students of color—and do so in a mission-driven and intentional manner. They vary substantially in their origins, missions, student demographics, and levels of institutional selectivity. But in general, their service to the nation provides a gateway to higher education and the workforce, particularly for underrepresented students of color and those from low-income and first-generation to college backgrounds. The challenge for the nation is how to capitalize on the unique strengths and attributes of these institutions and to equip them with the resources, exceptional faculty talent, and vital infrastructure needed to educate and train an increasingly critical portion of current and future generations of scientists, engineers, and health professionals.

Minority Serving Institutions examines the nation’s MSIs and identifies promising programs and effective strategies that have the highest potential return on investment for the nation by increasing the quantity and quality MSI STEM graduates. This study also provides critical information and perspective about the importance of MSIs to other stakeholders in the nation’s system of higher education and the organizations that support them.

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