Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity

Current: Undergraduate


NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs

The evaluation of NCWIT Extension Services incorporates both summative and formative evaluation including data collection and analysis for the NCWIT Extension Services metrics. Metrics are collected around awareness of the gender related issues in participating departments, understanding of organizational change, progress in implementing interventions, practices and strategic plans; growth of a social science resource pool in the form of the Extension Service Consultants, and the ultimate goals of increased recruitment and retention of women in computing.


Oregon State University Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

The Oregon State University (OSU) STEM Leaders Program (STEM-LP): Improving Undergraduate STEM Education NSF grant, is designed to increase the number and diversity of STEM graduates at OSU. The program offers a cohort-based STEM orientation seminar, upper-class peer mentoring, faculty-mentored research, and cohort-based workshops. CERSE serves as evaluator for the STEM-LP program, quantitatively tracking both institutional and student-level data and conducting comparative student focus groups to measure the program’s impact.


Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF PNW LSAMP)

The Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PNW LSAMP) is an NSF-funded project that aims to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities (URM) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Alliance is comprised of five universities (University of Washington, Washington State University, Boise State University, Portland State University and Oregon State University) and eight two-year colleges in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. PNW LSAMP provides academic advising, orientation programming, undergraduate research resources, professional development activities, study groups and tutoring services, and various other skills building workshops and seminars to URM STEM students.

CERSE has served as the internal evaluator for PNW LSAMP since its inception in 2009. The NSF PNW LSAMP grant was renewed for another 5 years and has contracted with CERSE to continue evaluation activities through August 2019. CERSE’s PNW LSAMP evaluation activities include: Collection, management, analysis and submission of each institution’s student-level and institutional data to NSF; Analysis of programmatic activities, accomplishments, and obstacles; PNW LSAMP participant survey; PNW LSAMP conference survey.


Washington State Academic RedShirt (STARS)

University of Washington and Washington State University were awarded a collaborative grant by the National Science Foundation to establish the Washington State Academic RedShirt (UW STARS and WSU STARS) program. STARS provides highly motivated students who are eligible for financial aid with a specialized first-year curriculum designed to build learning skills and academic preparation.  The goal of STARS is to increase the number of undergraduate engineering degrees awarded to underrepresented students.  CERSE serves as the evaluator of STARS. Evaluation activities include using comparison groups to monitor the impact of the program on student perceptions of academic and social supports as well as academic indicators of success such as difference in retention, grades in math courses, and grade point average.


Redshirt in Engineering Consortium

The Redshirt in Engineering Consortium brings together three universities with existing redshirt programs (University of Colorado Boulder, University of Washington, Washington State University) with three new universities (Boise State University, University of California San Diego, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). The existing redshirt institutions are adding second-year support services and scholarships, while the new institutions are establishing redshirt programs. Research activities associated with this program will determine which elements of the redshirt programs are most effective in fostering student success; how faculty mindsets change as a result of their mentoring experiences with redshirt students; which of these elements are common across the six institutions in the Consortium; and which elements appear to be uniquely suited to institutional attributes. This will allow other institutions considering the adoption of a redshirt program to tailor program elements for maximum success. CERSE manages the evaluation of this project. Student surveys, institutional-level data, observations, and dissemination information are used to determine the impact of the redshirt programs and help improve the programs.