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EPSCoR 2007 Presentation

EPSCoR 2007 Presentation

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  • 1. Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science & Engineering Increasing Diversity in STEM Research and Education EPSCoR 2007 National Meeting Kona, Hawaii Panel 5 Beverly K. Hartline, Moderator Delaware State University & 2007 Chairperson of CEOSE
  • 2. 2 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 Session Goals ● Explore the mandate and benefits of broadening participation in STEM – Underrepresented minorities – Persons with disabilities – Women – Institutions serving underrepresented groups ● Identify challenges, barriers, opportunities, and best practices ● Empower EPSCoR leaders to become effective champions and agents for broadening participation in STEM in their jurisdictions
  • 3. 3 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 Facts about STEM ● Science and engineering are about… – Questions and Ideas – Extrapolation and prediction – Systematic observation – Communication – Interpretation, deduction, and understanding Women, minorities, & persons with disabilities in strengthen and enrich the STEM and EPSCoR jurisdictions ! But they seem to be all but invisible in most EPSCoR RII Projects
  • 4. 4 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 EPSCoR Mandates ● EPSCoR jurisdictions need more STEM and R&D to be competitive EPSCoR & RII ● STEM needs more participation by traditionally underrepresented people to be competitive An opportunity and mandate for EPSCoR jurisdictions, especially RII projects
  • 5. 5 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 What is CEOSE? ● The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering ● Established by Congress in 1980 to review and provide advice to NSF on – policies, programs, and activities within and outside NSF that – promote the full participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities — persons who are currently underrepresented in America's scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) enterprise. ● Submit a report to Congress every two years
  • 6. 6 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 National Trends Since 1980 ● A significantly larger share of STEM B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees are awarded now to persons from underrepresented groups – However, participation is nowhere close to population demographics! ● Very small change in the "face" of the professoriate, especially at the leading institutions The sign is right, but the magnitude is disappointing after ~25 years EPSCoR jurisdictions have an opportunity to make a difference, and enhance their competitiveness in STEM
  • 7. 7 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 1999 Diversity of US Population and Science/Engineering Workforce US Sci/Eng Workforce (11 M) Male Female Ethnicity Gender Black Hispanic Asian Native American White Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2002 (NSF 7/03) US Population (273 M)
  • 8. 8 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 Myths and Facts ● Myth 1: Underrepresented equals underqualified and not competitive: "Our only criterion is excellence..." ● Myth 2: There are none available ● Myth 3: The only useful focus for broadening participation is K-12 ● Fact 1: Diverse groups are the most innovative and successful in STEM and the business world ● Fact 2: Most universities are graduating many more underrepresented STEM PhDs than they hire as tenure-track assistant professors ● Fact 3: Diverse leadership will drive jurisdictional competitiveness faster than diverse school children
  • 9. 9 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 Underrepresented Minorities in Tenure- Track Positions: Top 50 Tenure-Track Appointments to Underrepresented Minorities 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 0 5 10 15 20 Percent of PhDs Earned by Underrepresented Minorities 1996-2005 PercentofURMAssistantProfessors 2007 Donna Nelson, 2007 Life & Social Science Engineering Chemistry, Math & CS Phys, Astro, Earth Science
  • 10. 10 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 Women in Tenure-Track Positions: Top 50 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Percent PhDs to Women 1996-2005 PercentFemaleAssistantProfessors 2006-07 Donna Nelson, 2007 Life & Social Science Engineering Chemistry, Math & CS Phys, Astro, Earth Science
  • 11. 11 B.Hartline EPSCoR 2007 EPSCoR Jurisdictions ● Only 18% of the US population ● BUT – 51 of the nation's 103 HBCUs – 48 of the nation's 139 HSIs – 22 of the nation's 32 Tribal Colleges Large opportunity for involving and partnering with minority serving institutions of higher education