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The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is currently implementing the STEP (STEM Talent Expansion Program) to promote the success of STEM students in the early years of their undergraduate programs, and to ensure that greater number of STEM students graduate. To help identify "best practices" and to further understanding of factors influencing STEM recruitment and retention, STEP also funds educational research projects focused on degree attainment in STEM. The imperative of this work is to fulfill the Institution's mantra of Access and Excellence to a growing population of college students, the majority of whom are Hispanic, in the largest bi-national community along the US-Mexico border. STEP promotes retention and graduation of students from STEM disciplines by developing strategies that focus on critical STEM areas including but not limited to: 

  • Deepening students understanding of essential STEM coursework (Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics) via the state of Texas Star Award nominated "Two-Plus-Two (TPT)" model for Peer-Led-team Learning. This model enables advanced undergraduate peer leaders to teach every student enrolled in these fundamental courses using a guided-process and inquiry-based strategy in a small group settings.
  • Expanding the academic horizons of a selected cadre of sophomore and junior students via an alternative teaching certification academy, which will allow students to explore opportunities in science education careers.

Through initiatives like STEP, LSAMP, and MIE (click here to access full MIE report) UTEP has made significant improvements in STEM success metric :

  • The graduation rate in STEM disciplines at UTEP increased by 50% between 2000 and 2006.

Furthermore :

  • The number of STEM baccalaurate degree awarded by UTEP nearly doubled (95% increase) between 2001 and 2010. 
  • The number of STEM baccalaurate degree awarded by UTEP to Hispanics more than doubled (116% increase) between 2001 and 2010.


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Dates for STEP 2012 Grantees meeting



    Wednesday, March 14 & Friday, March 16  -- STEP 2012 The agenda and the hotel will be announced in January 2012, when the STEP 2012 meeting registration website becomes available.

Please click here for the Draft agenda

Location :

AREA:         Washington DC Area
HOTEL:       Marriott Crystal Gateway
ADDRESS:  1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202


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