Retaining STEM students with the EMC^2 scholar's program at RIT

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Title: Retaining STEM students with the EMC^2 scholar's program at RIT
Author: Gupta, A.; Hensel, E.; Savakis, Andreas; Tymann, P.; Narayan, D.
Abstract: This paper details our highly successful scholarship and academic support program to retain and graduate students in four academic departments: Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science (EMC2). The EMC2 Scholars’ Program is supported by a 4-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s CSEMS Program and matching funds from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The grant expires in August, 2006. The processes for selection of scholars and renewal of scholarship, and includes data on department distribution, student demographics and retention are described. EMC2 Scholars’ program at RIT has been successful in developing a partnership among the four academic departments, and has strengthened the coordination mechanisms with supporting units. The program’s retention rates exceed RIT’s averages – at each year level and within each of the four academic programs. Successful program elements are now being deployed elsewhere to retain undergraduate students.
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Date: 2006-07-23

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