The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) serves more than 8,000 students in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area and broader Mexico region. UTB is a Hispanic-serving institution that attracts students from the surrounding areas, including the Mexico border region. The College of Science, Mathematics and Technology (CSMT) established a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cohort program to help the majority of students to earn a degree in a STEM field in the shortest possible time. The challenges and obstacles encountered during the planning and implementation phase of the STEM cohort program are discussed in this paper, as are the adjustments and real solutions adopted to move the project forward and the retention problems encountered with the student groups.
Bouniaev, M. M., Edinbarough, I., & Elliott, B. (2014). Lessons Learned in Establishing STEM Student Cohorts at a Border University and the Effect on Student Retention and Success. 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--20753
121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition