Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

APLU Completes Landmark Study of Minority Males in STEM Disciplines

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

APLU Completes Landmark Study of Minority Males in STEM Disciplines

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WASHINGTON. D.C.

In order to succeed, high-achieving minority males in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines need faculty engagement, involvement in undergraduate research, and financial support, according to a study released recently by the Minority Males in STEM Initiative (MMSI) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

The findings in the report, The Quest for Excellence: Supporting the Academic Success of Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines, are based on a survey of 1,443 STEM students, 137 STEM faculty, and 71 university administrators at 14 higher education institutions conducted during the fall 2011 semester.

"This report reveals the good, the bad and the ugly about the state of minority males in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the U.S.," said Lorenzo L. Esters, APLU vice president and MMSI project director. "Most importantly, it highlights the opportunities before us to change systems and processes to more effectively support a unique segment of the U.S. population - all as seen through the lived experiences of minority males themselves, and the perceptions of STEM faculty and administrators. …

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