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A guide to support an Association of College & Research Libraries' 2017 Roundtable Discussion about how libraries are helping underrepresented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students make it to the graduation finish line.

Welcome! Webpage is being updated with information from ACRL 2017.

Welcome to the Staying Stuck on STEM resource guide.  This guide was created to support academic librarians who are engaged in recruitment, retention, and completion efforts for undergraduate and graduate STEM students.  STEM is an acronym that can refer to any combination of the following subject areas:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, Mathematics, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Psychology.  

There is a special emphasis on resources to improve graduation and degree completion rates for groups historically underrepresented in STEM professions and for first-generation college students.  Many of the materials here were shared by participants in an Association of College & Research Libraries Roundtable Discussion held March 24, 2017. Please contact Xan and/or Sue if you would like to suggest additional materials for this guide. You may also find useful resources elsewhere on the web using the hashtag #StuckOnSTEM . 

Please use these resources to inform your practice, jump start a literature review, and inspire you to publish what you and your colleagues are doing to help students stay #StuckOnSTEM !

#StuckOnSTEM Social Media Activity

Guide Creators - Xan Goodman (1/2)

Xan Goodman, Nursing, Allied Health & Public Health Librarian's picture
Xan Goodman, Nursing, Allied Health & Public Health Librarian
Contact:
Lied Library
Office 1184
702-895-2233

Guide Creators - Sue Wainscott (2/2)

Sue Wainscott, Engineering Librarian's picture
Sue Wainscott, Engineering Librarian
Contact:
sue.wainscott@unlv.edu
702-895-2262

STEM Retention and Graduate Rate Related Publications and Presentations

Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 5-year Strategic Plan

U.S. Committee on STEM Education. 2013 [technical report] A 5-year plan to enhance STEM education in the Pre-K-12+ U. S. public educational systems. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/stem_stratplan_2013.pdf

University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Four Pillars of Success

Hrabowski, III, Freeman A. 2013 [video] Four Pillars of College Success in Science.  https://www.ted.com/talks/freeman_hrabowski_4_pillars_of_college_success_in_science Filmed at TED2013, Long Beach, CA. Transcript here: https://www.ted.com/talks/freeman_hrabowski_4_pillars_of_college_success_in_science/transcript

U. S. Department of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership

[website] https://www.ed.gov/stem (Archived, Last accessed August 07, 2017)

Undergraduate STEM Achievement and Retention: Cognitive, Motivational, and Institutional Factors and Solutions

Cromley, J. G., Perez, T. & Kaplan, Avi. [article] 2016 Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3(1)4-11  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2372732215622648

Library Contributions to Improve Student Retention and Graduation Rates

Academic Library Contributions to Student Success: Documented Practices from the Field

Association of College and Research Libraries. 2015 [technical report] This report was produced by an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded multi year project, Assessment in Action.  This project produced a wide variety of resources for academic librarians to consider adding to their practices in order to help students complete their undergraduate degree programs and thrive in the undergraduate college environment. http://www.ala.org/acrl/files/issues/value/contributions_y2.pdf

Science Retention Librarian

blog by Erin O'Toole, University of North Texas: https://blogs.library.unt.edu/scienceretentionlibrarian(Last accessed March 07, 2017)

ACRL Assessment in Action Resources

An Institute of Museum and Library Services funded multi year project, Assessment in Action produced a wide variety of resources for academic librarians to consider adding to their practices in order to help students complete their undergraduate degree programs and thrive in the undergraduate college environment.  The project generated a number of reports, publications and other helpful materials, described and linked in a web-based bibliography: http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/?page_id=980 (Last accessed March 07, 2017)

How far have we come and what do we do next? An agenda for action-based research on student learning and success.  

website  http://www.oclc.org/research/themes/user-studies/acrl-agenda.html  (Last accessed March 24, 2017)  An ACRL and OCLC project to review and analyze the literature about library actions to improve student outcomes such as completion and graduation rates.

Identifying and Articulating Library Connections to Student Success

Massengale, L., Piotrowski, P., & Savage, D. 2016 [article] C&RL News 77(2):227-235 http://m.crl.acrl.org/content/77/2/227.short

Additional Services, Programs, Initiatives, and Best Practices

Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology

ALA/ACRL/STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology. n. d. [webpage] http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/infolitscitech (Last accessed March 07, 2017)

Steps teachers can take to keep girls and minorities in computer science education.

Farmer Kris, Deborah. November 17, 2006 [blog post] https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/11/17/steps-teachers-can-take-to-keep-girls-and-minorities-in-computer-science-education/ (Last accessed March 07, 2017)  Includes best practices that are applicable to one-shot library sessions and reference interactions as well as workshop and course design. 

Stuck on STEM website

A delightful blog about STEM activities and resources for children and young adults, by a primary school teacher and computer scientist.  Included here to give the author credit for the tagline: stuck on STEM.  http://stuckonstem.com/ (Last accessed March 07, 2017)

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