NSF Project: Measuring Institutional Change Across Diverse HSIs
NSF Project Description:
The Measuring Institutional Change Across Diverse Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) is a workshop series aimed at assessing institutional change specific to HSIs as they chart a path toward servingness and serving their communities. Creating effective change in student outcomes is not independent of how change occurs throughout the institutional environment. The project participants include scholars and practitioners across the United States who work at or study HSIs. The metrics proposed through this workshop series will be used to assess change throughout the university structure related to research development and success; faculty engagement with STEM curricular change and students; faculty success measures; STEM student success measures; community engagement; and diverse cultural engagement and recognition. Our work aims to recognize the diversity of HSIs and how that diversity will impact how institutional structures and outcomes change.
The goal of this proposed conference is to develop a series of measures that reflect institutional change specific to HSIs. In order to improve the likelihood of institutional success of HSIs, this conference aims to develop a consensus definition of institutional change specific to the goals of the HSI Program and then a set of measures to reflect successful change. In the ideal, the measures will be developed with respect to the diversity of institutional types (Nuñez et al. 2016) and focus on outcomes related to:
1. research development and success (including research collaboration and networks);
2. faculty engagement with STEM curricular change and students;
3. faculty success measures
4. STEM undergraduate student success measures
5. community engagement
6. diverse cultural engagement and recognition.
The specific aims of the project are to operationalize a framework for servingness developed to conceptualize institutional changes necessary to improve educational attainment for the diverse student population at HSIs. The conference will specifically develop and test measures of change for: research development and success; faculty engagement with STEM curricular change and students; faculty success measures; STEM undergraduate student success measures; community engagement; and diverse cultural engagement and recognition. We expect that the identification and use of change measures will assist universities in improving the likelihood of Latinx STEM degree attainment at HSIs. The work will be disseminated broadly through conference participation, publications, and the use of the measures at a diverse group of HSIs around the U.S. The HSI Program aims to enhance undergraduate STEM education and build capacity at HSIs. Projects supported by the HSI Program will also generate new knowledge on how to achieve these aims.
Measuring the Success of Institutional Efforts at Hispanic-Serving Institutions With support from the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program), this conference aims to develop and test a series of measures to assess how HSIs achieve success in their efforts to serve their diverse students and improve STEM learning. While many indicators assess individual student retention and graduation, there is less consensus on how to measure the systemic changes needed to improve student learning and graduation rates. By bringing together practitioners from HSIs and scholars to co-develop measures of institutional change, we expect to develop and test a series of measures to support work at a diverse set of HSIs, including community colleges, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, and research-intensive universities.
March 24, 2021 | 1pm - 3pm PST: HSI Workshop 2: Creating new metrics, Focus STEM student
April 1, 2021 | 8am - 10am PST: HSI Workshop 2: Creating new metrics, Focus Area: Faculty Success
Group Meeting Times
Group Name: Research Development and Success
Date and Time: April 6th, from 11am to 12:30pm PST/2pm to 3:30pm EST
Group Name: Faculty Success Measures/Faculty Engagement with STEM Curricular Change and Students
Date and Time: April 7th, from 2pm PST to 3:30pm PST/ 5pm to 6:30pm EST
Group Name: STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Success Measures
Date and Time: April 15, from 8am - 9:30am PST/ 11am to 12:30pm EST
Group Name: Community Engagement
Date and Time: April 2, from 9:30am to 11am PST/ 12:30pm to 2pm EST
Group Name: Diverse Cultural Engagement and Recognition
Date and Time: April 6 from 11am to 12:30pm PST, 2pm to 3:30pm EST
Committee Members Highlights