Summative or formative assessment measures used: Project evaluation and assessment activities are being directed by Dr. Howard Mzumara. 

  • Grant Impact
  • Formative Evaluation
  • Summative Evaluation
  • Learning Outcomes

Formative evaluation to address aspects related to planning and implementation of a number of benchmarksto assess multiple program impacts (e.g., student retention rates, course retention rates, successful completion of the STEM Bridge Academy and introductory STEM courses, academic achievement, degree completion rates, learning gains, student engagement levels, attitudes, and behaviors).

Summative evaluation to assess the degree to which the project goals and objectives have been met, including a study of best practices that sustain over time in enhancing student retention and persistence; and most importantly, increased success rates and/or graduation rates among students participating in the proposed interventions:

  1. Academic performance: GPA and DFW rates in STEM courses
  2. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to assess six correlates of academic success
  3. One-year student retention / persistence rates
  4. Six-year graduation rates
  5. Focus groups and personal interviews
  6. Questionnaires for students who have completed interventions
  7. Performance on end of semester examinations
  8. Monitoring use of Career Development Services offices
  9. Internship Student Evaluations


Through a close collaboration between the School of Science, the School of Engineering and Technology, University College, and Ivy Tech, our shared goals are to increase the numbers of students of all demographic groups who:
(1) Pursue STEM academic and career pathways;
(2) Participate in STEM research, industry internships, and honors activities;
(3) Graduate with an undergraduate degree in STEM fields; and
(4) Transition into industry, graduate and professional programs.

While there are many of the factors leading to student persistence and degree completion, our program has these targets for each of the next 5 years:

  • 10% increase in the number of new and transfer students admitted to STEM majors,
  • 10% increase in the number of minorities admitted to STEM
  • 10% decrease in the DFW rates for targeted
  • 15 additional students participating in internship and research experiences,
  • 50 graduating seniors will have participated in honors seminars,
  • 10% increase in the number of students completing a STEM degree at IUPUI.

This increase in degrees, over 5 years, will result in almost 800 additional STEM degrees during the course of the grant, which can then be sustained by the STEM programs established in each department in future years.