Increasing Diversity in Stem: Promising Practices for Postsecondary STEM Grantees
This qualitative study examines the impact of the Oregon HB 3072 postsecondary STEM Grant, a competitive grant dispersed by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Three of the nine higher education institutions that were awarded funds for the 2016-2017 school year were selected for this study: Chemeketa Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Oregon Health and Science University. The study seeks to answer four questions: (1) What are the promising practices to recruit and retain women and minorities in STEM? (2) What are the impacts of these promising practices on students? (3) What are the challenges that programs face in achieving their goals? (4) What are the future directions of these programs?