Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative
The Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative (UPSTEM) is funded by a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence initiative. UPSTEM supports faculty learning communities, inclusive curricula, and improved degree pathways for pre-transfer and post-transfer students from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).
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Rapid demographic change in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, and Utah relative to the U.S. The data indicate that the minority share of the population in Salt Lake City is now equal to the average for the U.S.
Transfer Students at the University of Utah
Approach 1: Clear articulated pathways to STEM degrees
The UPSTEM Initiative has initiated a cross-institutional collaboration to design fully articulated degree pathways that transfer directly to the University of Utah’s College of Science majors.
Approach 2: Increase data collecting and sharing capacity
The UPSTEM Initiative will create a new cross-institutional STEM Data Team that will establish common definitions of data elements, proper controls, and data sharing agreements that enable effective collaboration.
Approach 3: Curriculum for transition and inclusivity.
UPSTEM has a unique opportunity to create a model curriculum that both helps transition transfer students to the University of Utah and employs best practices in inclusive pedagogy.
Approach 4: Assess the campus culture for inclusion
UPSTEM will conduct a longitudinal assessment of the culture of the College of Science to identify specific needs for institutional change and student support. We will also coordinate existing resources for STEM transfer students and catalyze initiatives for new scholarships and research opportunities.
Approach 5: Professional development for faculty
UPSTEM has built a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that is committed to discussing and solving issues related to STEM teaching and learning, transfer student support, and best practices in inclusive pedagogy. Find out more information on the current cohort of Faculty Fellows here.
FLC Intended Learning Outcomes:
- Apply inclusive teaching strategies in their class;
- Implement effective mentoring and advising strategies with students and colleagues;
- Advocate for cultural, departmental and institutional change towards inclusion in STEM;
- Be leaders of inclusive practices in their STEM field.
Approach 6: Advising and Support for Transfer Students
Transfer student resources can be found here.