1st Edition

Community Colleges and STEM Examining Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Edited By Robert T. Palmer, J. Luke Wood Copyright 2013
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    267 Pages
    by Routledge

    As United States policymakers and national leaders are increasing their attention to producing workers skilled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), community colleges are being called on to address persistence of minorities in these disciplines. In this important volume, contributors discuss the role of community colleges in facilitating access and success to racial and ethnic minority students in STEM. Chapters explore how community colleges can and do facilitate the STEM pipeline, as well as the experiences of these students in community college, including how psychological factors, developmental coursework, expertiential learning, and motivation affect student success. Community Colleges and STEM ultimately provides recommendations to help increase retention and persistence. This important book is a crucial resource for higher education institutions and community colleges as they work to advance success among racial and ethnic minorities in STEM education.

    Part I: Pathways to Success: The Role of Community Colleges in Promoting Access to Minorities in STEM

    Chapter 1: Community Colleges and Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in STEM Education: A National Picture, Xueli Wang

    Chapter 2: The Impact of State Policy on Community College STEM Programs, Pamela Eddy and Tiffany Pugh 

    Chapter 3: The Need for Integrated Workforce Development Systems to Broaden the Participation of Underrepresented Students in STEM-related Fields, Victor Hernandez-Gantes & Edward C. Fletcher Jr

    Part II: A New Dimension to the Discourse on Minority Students, STEM, and Community Colleges

    Chapter 4: An Expectancy-Value Model for the STEM Persistence of Ninth Grade Underrepresented Minority Students, Lori Andersen & Thomas J. Ward

    Chapter 5: The Effect of Non-Cognitive Predictors on Academic Integration Measures: A Multinomial Analysis of STEM Students of Color in the Community College, Marissa Vasquez Urias, Royel M. Johnson, & J. Luke Wood

    Chapter 6: STEMming the Tide: Psychological Factors Influencing Racial and Ethnic Minority Students’ Success in STEM at Community Colleges, Terrell L. Strayhorn, Michael Steven Williams, Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly, & Marjorie Dorimé-Williams

    Chapter 7: The Propensity to Avoid Developmental Math in Community College: A Focus on Minority Students, Bobbie Everett Frye & Kelly D. Smith

    Chapter 8: Moving Beyond the Barrier of Mathematics and Engaging Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Classroom for Racial and Ethnic Minority STEM Students in Community Colleges, Denise Yull

    Part 3: Examining the Experiences of Minority Students in Community Colleges: Diverse Contexts Chapter 9: Minority Serving Community Colleges and the Production of STEM Associate Degrees, Frances King Stage, Ginelle John, Valerie C. Lundy-Wagner & Katherine Mary Conway

    Chapter 10: Creating Successful Pathways for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Community College Students (AAPIs) in STEM, Dina C. Maramba

    Chapter 11: Constraints and Opportunities for Practitioner Agency in STEM Programs in Hispanic Serving Community Colleges, Megan M. Chase, Estela Mara Bensimon, Linda Shieh, Tiffany Jones, & Alicia C. Dowd

    Chapter 12: Achieving Success: A Model of Success for Black Males in STEM at Community Colleges, Robert T. Palmer & Zachary M. DuBord


    Robert T. Palmer is Assistant Professor of Student Affairs at the State University of New York—Binghamton, USA.

    J. Luke Wood is Assistant Professor of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University, USA.