The Ohio LSAMP Alliance
The Ohio LSAMP Alliance was established in September 2013 as a new alliance among 7 four-year institutions (Central State University, the University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, Wilberforce University, and Wright State University) and 4 community colleges (Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Sinclair Community College). In addition, the Alliance works collaboratively with community partners, an Industry Advisory Board, and other NSF-supported programs.
There is an identified need in Ohio for programs to improve retention of underrepresented college students, primarily from the first to the second year of college. The Ohio LSAMP Alliance works collaboratively with industry and community partners to institutionalize effective recruitment and retention programs. Driven by the objectives, programming includes the following alliance-wide activities: articulation agreements and credit transfers, Ohio LSAMP Alliance Conference, innovative curricular reforms in mathematics, interactive web site, sharing of online courses, cyber-enabled sharing of workshops, diversity sensitivity training, collaborative faculty mentoring, and production of Ohio LSAMP Alliance brochures, programs, and other materials. In addition, each institution will provide programming that includes advisement and counseling, residential summer bridge and early arrival programs, undergraduate research internships with stipends, faculty and peer mentoring, and tutoring or supplemental instruction.
The Ohio LSAMP Alliance is housed in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at The Ohio State University. The Steering Committee provides intellectual leadership for STEM-related activities and includes representatives from each partner institution. The evaluation team will implement a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative evaluation and monitoring system to assess the quality of individual program components for internal refinement and external application and to measure the impact of Alliance activities on retention and degree completion.
The Ohio LSAMP Alliance will significantly enhance the STEM infrastructure within Ohio and will serve as a catalyst for change, innovation, and resource enhancement throughout the state. Underrepresented minority students will learn from faculty and peer mentors within Alliance partners, produce research, and participate in scientific conferences. Alliance partners will share resources through cyber-enabled activities, including online courses, interactive web site, and videoconferencing. Institutions of higher education, community partners, and industry will work collaboratively to determine best practices and share resources, avoiding duplication of efforts. Data evaluation will contribute to evidence-based best practices in STEM education for student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM degrees. The Ohio LSAMP Alliance will serve as a national model, distributing best practices through participation in national conferences, higher education media networks, and through a well-developed web site.
The purpose of this alliance is to significantly increase underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. The goal of the program is to double the number of underrepresented minority baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines at partner institutions within five years.
The following are the objectives of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance:
- to foster a partnership among alliance institutions, working with industry and community partners, which results in programming that is collaborative, effective, and sustainable;
- to heighten the awareness of opportunities in STEM disciplines and increase the recruitment of underrepresented minority students to STEM majors at partner institutions;
- to provide early and sustained programs to facilitate the critical transition from high school to college at each partner institution;
- to increase the retention of first- and second-year underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines;
- to improve the disciplinary socialization of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines, particularly by providing undergraduate research opportunities through the baccalaureate; and
- to provide pathways for smooth transitions from community colleges to four-year institutions.