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    MESA is an innovative and effective model for academic support and development. The MESA strategies are supported by research on student learning and success. It is imperative that the MESA culture of succes and our City College community continue to be guided by current research findings on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Below are key sources for supporting an informed approach:

    Updates - Comments and recommendations on relevant research and best practices are welcome. Thank you for helping us to establish City College and our MESA Program as exemplary models in STEM education.

    Recently Added

    2014 - Report (added 6/24/14)
    Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges 
    Center for Community College Student Engagement

    2013 - Report (added 6/20/13)
    Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2013
    National Science Foundation

    2013 - National Center for Postsecondary Education (added 3/18/13)
    Recent Publications

    2013 - Community College Research Center (added 3/18/13)
    Recent Publications

    2013 - Center for Community College Student Engagement (3/18/13)
    Recent Publicaitons

    2012 - Report (added 3/18/13)
    A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success
    Center for Community College Student Engagement

    2010 - Report (added 3/18/13)
    Benchmarking and Benchmarks: Effective Practice with Entering Students
    Survey of Engineering Student Engagement (SENSE)
    Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

    2010 - Report (added 3/18/13)
    The Heart of Sudent Success: Teaching, Learning and College Completion
    Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)


    Leading STEM research centers

    Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    Iowa State University

    Center for Urban Education
    University of Southern California



    Other References

    Community College Research Center

    Complete College America


    STEM research and related reports

    Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges 
    Center for Community College Student Engagement

    Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2013
    National Science Foundation


    It’s About Time to Break the Glass Ceiling for Women in STEM
    Lorelle L. Espinosa
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education

    Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future
    A Report From the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges
    American Association of Community Colleges
    Commission Co-Chair: Augustine P. Gallego - Chancellor Emeritus, San Diego Community College District

    Academic Leaders Share STEM Education Ideas
    Jamaal Abdul-Alim
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education

    Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering
    The National Academies Press

    Analysis: Meeting the STEM Challenge
    Warren E. Leary
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education

    California's Economic Payoff: Investing in College Access & Completion
    University of California, Berkeley - Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

    Reducing Undergraduate Debt to Increase Latina and Latino Participation in STEM Professions
    Alicia C. Dowd and Lindsey E. Malcom
    USC Rossier School of Education - Center for Urban Education

    Are Hispanics America's Next Great STEM Innovators?
    Forbes Magazine

    Role of Community Colleges in STEM Education: Thoughts on Implications for Policy, Practice and Future Research
    Elizabeth Hoffman, Soko S. Starobin, Frankie Santos Laanan and Marisa Rivera
    Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

    Role of Community Colleges: Broadening Participation among Women and Minorities in STEM
    Soko S. Starobin, Frankie Santos Laanan and Carol J. Burger
    Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

    Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads
    Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline
    Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
    Policy and Global Affairs
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine

    Degrees of Success: Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates among Initial STEM Majors
    Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA

    Pathways to STEM Bachelor’s and Graduate Degrees for Hispanic Students and the Role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions
    Alicia C. Dowd, Estela M. Bensimon, Lindsey E. Malcom and Ricardo Stanton-Salazar
    USC Rossier School of Education

    A Social Capital Framework for the Study of Institutional Agents & Their Role in the Empowerment of Low-status Students & Youth
    Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar
    USC Rossier School of Education

    Improving Transfer Access to STEM, Bachelor’s Degrees at Hispanic Serving Institutions through theAmerica COMPETES Act
    Alicia C. Dowd, Lindsey E. Malcom, and Elsa E. Macias
    USC Rossier School of Education

    Succeeding in Community College: Advancing the Educational Progress of Working Students
    John S. Levin, Virginia Montero Hernandez, and Christine Cerven
    Policy Matters - A Quarterly Publication of the University of California, Riverside

    (Re)Constructing Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Moving Beyond Numbers Toward Student Success
    Lindsey E. Malcom, Estela Mara Bensimon and Brianne Dávila
    EP College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    Tapping HSI-STEM Funds to Improve Latina and Latino, Access to STEM Professions
    Lindsey E. Malcom, Alicia C. Dowd, and Terrence Yu
    The Center for Urban Education (CUE)

    Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 
    National Science Board

    Challenges and Opportunities for Increasing the STEM Pipeline
    Edward J. Leach
    Leadership Abstracts
    League for Innovation in the Community College

    White House Announces 'Change the Equation' Initiative
    PND, Philanthropy News Digest
    A Service of the Foundation Center

    Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges
    Colleen Moore and Nancy Shulock
    Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy

    Basic skills are barrier to success for many 2-year college students
    Jennifer Oldham
    The Hechinger Report

    Something’s Got to Give: California can’t improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges

    Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California Community Colleges

    One-Shot Deal? Students’ Perceptions of Assessment and Course Placement in California’s Community Colleges
    Andrea Venezia, Kathy Reeves Bracco, Thad Nodine
    (Full Report or Summary)


    College Student Debt as Opportunity or Disadvantage? A Reconceptualization and Application to STEM Graduate Enrollment
    Lindsey E. Malcom, University of California, Riverside
    Alicia C. Dowd, University of Southern California
    Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Benchmarking the Success of Latina and Latino Students in STEM to Achieve National Graduation Goals
    Alicia C. Dowd, Lindsey E. Malcom, and Estela Mara Bensimon
    USC Rossier School of Education

    Multiple Pathways to STEM: Examining state differences in community college attendance among Latino STEM bachelor's degree holders.
    Lindsay E. Malcolm, University of California, Riverside
    Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Re-imagining Community Colleges in the 21st Century: A Student-Centered Approach to Higher Education
    Center for American Progress


    Confronting the "New" American Dilemma -- Underrepresented Minorities in Engineering: A Data-Based Look at Diversity
    Lisa M. Frehill, Nicole M.DiFabio and Susan Hill,
    National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

    Access Without Support Is Not Opportunity
    Author: Vincent Tinto
    Inside Higher-Ed

    Broadening Female Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Experiences at Community Colleges
    New Directions for Community Colleges

    Hispanic Serving Institutions: Closeted identity and the production of equitable outcomes for Latino/a students
    Frances E. Contreras, Lindsey E. Malcom and Estela Maria Bensimon
    Understanding Minority-Standing Institutions Chapter 6

    Accumulating (Dis)advantage? Institutional and Financial Aid Pathways of Latino Stem Baccalaureates
    Lindsey Ellen Malcom
    Uiniversity of Southern California

    Chapter 7: Enhancing Representation, Retention, and Achievement of Minority Students in Higher Education: A Social Transformation Theory of Change 
    Kenneth I. Maton, Freeman A. Hrabowski, Metin Özdemir and Harriette Wimms, 
    Toward Positive Youth Development

    Models for Success – Successful Academic Models for Increasing the Pipeline of Black and Hispanic Students in STEM Areas
    Thurgood Marshall College Fund


    Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
    National Academies

    An investigation of critical mass: The role of Latino representation in the success of urban community college students
    Research in Higher Education

    National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System
    National Science Board

    Understanding Interventions That Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers: Summary of a Workshop
    Steven Olson and Adam P. Fagen, Editors
    National Research Council

    Factors Impacting Sense of Belonging at a Hispanic-Serving Institution 
    Journal of Hispanic Higher Education


    Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States: Threading the Needle of the American Dream
    The Study of Economic, Informational,and Cultural Barriers to Community College Student Transfer Access at Selective Universities
    Research funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, and Nellie Mae Education Foundation

    • Executive Summary
    • Preface 
    • Section I - National Estimates of Transfer Access and Baccalaureate Degree Attainment at Four-Year Colleges and Universities
    • Section II - Community College Transfer Students at Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States: An Estimate of the Two-Year Transfer Population at Elite Institutions and of the Effects of Institutional Characteristics on Transfer Access
    • Section III - The Life Histories of Ten Individuals Who Crossed the Border between Community Colleges and Selective Four-Year Colleges
    • Section IV - Practices Supporting Transfer of Low-Income Community College Students to Selective Institutions

    What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature
    George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, Jennifer A. Buckley, Brian K. Bridges and John C. Hayek
    National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)


    Influence of precollege experience on self-concept among community college students in science, mathematics, and engineering
    Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

    Retention by Design: Achieving Excellence in Minority Engineering Education
    Landis, R. California State University, Los Angeles


    Meeting the Need for Scientists, Engineers, and an Educated Citizenry in a Technological Society
    Policy Information Report
    Paul E. Barton
    Policy Information Center - Educational Testing Service

    Student Learning Outside the Classroom: Transcending Artificial Boundaries
    George D. Kuh, Katie Branch Douglas, Jon P. Lund and Jackie Ramin-Gyurnek
    Association for the Study of Higher Education

    Improving the Retention and Gradution of Minorities in Engineering
    National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
    National Assoication of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA)


    Best practices for teaching and learning

    On Course - Student Success Strategies
    Practical applications for the following On Course Principles:

    • Getting On Course
    • Self-Responsibility
    • Self-Motivation
    • Self-Management
    • Interdependence
    • Self-Awareness
    • Life-Long Learning
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Self-Esteem
    • Staying On Course