Not All Engineers Drive Trains: The MESA Community College Model and Baccalaureate Success in STEM Fields
As the entry point to postsecondary education for the majority of students of color, the community college can be the make or break years for student success. For nearly 20 years the MESA program has assisted community college students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields to make the adjustment to college and transition successfully to undergraduate programs. Over 90% of MESA transfer students matriculate in a STEM field and the first-year retention rate at the university is also over 90%. Program philosophy, structure, and implementation will be discussed.
Oscar Porter, Executive Director, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), University of California Office of the President
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