Evaluating minority retention programs: Problems encountered and lessons learned from the Ohio science and engineering alliance

Jeffry L. White, James W. Altschuld, Yi-Fang Li

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The retention rates for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native-Americans in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are lower than those of White or Asian college students. In response, the National Science Foundation formed statewide partnerships of universities to develop programs to address this disparity. The deliberations and experiences in evaluating one such partnership are retrospectively reviewed. Problems and issues encountered during conceptualization and implementation are presented. Lessons learned from this endeavor should generalize to similar situations and provide guidance for others new to or interested in evaluating STEM retention programs as well as those evaluating collaborative endeavors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1



  • Minority
  • Retention
  • STEM evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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