The Education Trust: Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy (OASIS)

From The Education Trust’s website:

“Less than one percent. That’s how much the college graduation rate gap between white and underrepresented minority students (URMs) has closed in the last decade. Among students who begin at four-year institutions, six-year graduation rates for white students are more than 20 points greater than for African American students and 11 points greater than for Latino students.

To help shrink these egregious gaps and to ensure more URM students earn a bachelor’s degree, The Education Trust’s Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy (OASIS) initiative brings together regional, comprehensive institutions that serve large populations of URMs to collectively achieve the shared goal of improving graduation rates.”

Learn more about OASIS here, and view the HSI-STEM project’s presentation at this year’s meeting here.

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Peer Mentors’ Survival Guide

Peer Mentors in  the classroom


June Workshop

Audio and video clips from the event are linked below. While inside the audio player, if you are unable to skip around a clip, simply download it first.


Day 1A: Assessing Prior Knowledge
Day 1B: Students’ Knowledge Organization – Introduction to Concept Maps
Day 1C: Concept Maps
Day 2A: Debrief on Tuesday – Student Misconceptions – Introduction to Exam Wrappers
Day 2B: Dr. Kolack on Exam Wrappers
Day 2C: Introduction to Peer Mentors
Day 3A: Debrief on Thursday – Learning Goals – Metacognition
Day 3B: President Rodríguez Addresses Attendees
Day 3C: Dr. Johnson on Metacognition
Day 3D: Dr. Branson on the Veteran Community
Day 3E: Dr. Fernández on Project Logistics


Day 1: Entire Session
Day 2: Dr. Kolack & Peer Mentors
Day 3: Metacognition – President Rodríguez Address – Dr. Branson on Veteran Community
Day 3: Dr. Fernández on Project Logistics & Wrap-up

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