Proof of MemphiSTEM's impressive impact. 

Project Data

1. Graduation Numbers at the UofM

The number of students graduating in STEM at the UofM has increased over the course of the project (Table 1).

Table 1: STEM degrees awarded (Baccalaureate)

 

  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
UofM STEM graduates 224 251 265 270 320 352

 

2. Retention in STEM for First-time, Fulltime Freshmen at the UofM

First-time, fulltime freshmen are more likely to be retained in a STEM major since the onset of MemphiSTEM in 2008. Students are more likely to remain in a STEM major after two and three years and be retained or graduate after four years (Table 2).

Table 2: Retention in STEM for first-time full-time freshmen

 

 Year of Matriculation  Retained 1 year  Retained 2 years  Retained 3years Retained/graduated 4 years
 2007 (baseline)  56.3  33.1  27.9 24.6
 2008  56.9  44.4  36.0 33.1
 2009  60.1  42.6  36.2  32.9
 2010  60.9  41.9  39.9  34.0
 2011  53.3  40.2  34.7  NA
 2012  60.1  45.2 NA NA
 2013  52.3  NA  NA NA

 

3. Retention and Performance of MemphiSTEM Students

Results from an analysis comparing MemphiSTEM students (UofM students taking part in MemphiSTEM activities) to a group of control students (UofM STEM majors not participating in MemphiSTEM activities) indicate MemphiSTEM students are more likely to be retained or graduate in a STEM major and attain a higher GPA than control students (Table 3).

Table 3: MemphiSTEM student retention

  MemphiSTEM Students UM STEM Control Students
College of Arts and Sciences
Retention (%) 81 63
Performance (GPA) 3.00 2.77
College of Engineering
Retention (%) 87 72
Performance (GPA) 2.89 2.65

 

These analysis are accompanied with the final external evaluation report explanations.