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1. Graduation Numbers at the U of M

The number of students graduating in STEM at the U of M 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

U of M STEM graduates

224

251

265

270

320

352

2. Retention in STEM for First-time, Fulltime Freshmen at the U of M

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 fulltime 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 (U of M students taking part in MemphiSTEM activities) to a group of control students (U of M 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

MemphiSTEM Links

CRISTAL
Herff College of Engineering (HCOE)
HCOE Multimedia
S-STEM Grant
TRio STEM Project
TLSAMP

MemphiSTEM Spotlight

Lorrie

"Being involved with MemphiSTEM has been a wonderful experience for me. It has helped me forge relationships with professors and other students that have been invaluable to me. MemphiSTEM has helped me become more prepared for a job after I graduate by allowing me to have a leadership position and work with teams. I can't believe how lucky I am to have been able to be involved with MemphiSTEM." - Lorrie

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