Evaluation of a Science Learning Community for Underrepresented Students in Nursing and Science Majors

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161194
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Evaluation of a Science Learning Community for Underrepresented Students in Nursing and Science Majors
Abstract:
Evaluation of a Science Learning Community for Underrepresented Students in Nursing and Science Majors
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Martsolf, Donna, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Kent State University
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 347 Henderson Hall, Kent, OH, 44242, USA
Contact Telephone:330-672-8822
Co-Authors:Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, PhD, Assistant Director
Recruiting and retaining of men, minorities, and first-generation
students into nursing and women, minorities, and first-generation students
into the sciences is a challenge at many universities. Learning
communities have been utilized in many university settings to promote
retention of students from the first to the second year. The Science
Learning Community (SLC) at XXX University was developed to assist
minority and first-generation college students to succeed in nursing,
biology, and chemistry majors. Inaugurated in 2002, the SLC had 23 members
(8 nursing and 15 biology majors) who lived in one residence hall, shared
cocurricular activities including mandatory study sessions and
supplemental instruction, and attended the same sections of English and
science classes during their first year. At the conclusion of year one,
SLC students were compared on retention rates to three randomly-selected
control groups matched for gender and minority status. Students in the SLC
were retained at a higher rate (82.6%) than control group members (73.7%)
and expressed high satisfaction with the SLC experience during exit
interviews. SLC minority student retention rate was 87.5% compared with a
67% retention rate for minority students in the total university
population. Two more classes have been admitted to the SLC and evaluation
of the effectiveness of the program in retaining underrepresented students
in nursing and the sciences is continuing.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvaluation of a Science Learning Community for Underrepresented Students in Nursing and Science Majorsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161194-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evaluation of a Science Learning Community for Underrepresented Students in Nursing and Science Majors</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Martsolf, Donna, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Kent State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 347 Henderson Hall, Kent, OH, 44242, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">330-672-8822</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dmartsol@kent.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, PhD, Assistant Director</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Recruiting and retaining of men, minorities, and first-generation <br/> students into nursing and women, minorities, and first-generation students <br/> into the sciences is a challenge at many universities. Learning <br/> communities have been utilized in many university settings to promote <br/> retention of students from the first to the second year. The Science <br/> Learning Community (SLC) at XXX University was developed to assist <br/> minority and first-generation college students to succeed in nursing, <br/> biology, and chemistry majors. Inaugurated in 2002, the SLC had 23 members <br/> (8 nursing and 15 biology majors) who lived in one residence hall, shared <br/> cocurricular activities including mandatory study sessions and <br/> supplemental instruction, and attended the same sections of English and <br/> science classes during their first year. At the conclusion of year one, <br/> SLC students were compared on retention rates to three randomly-selected <br/> control groups matched for gender and minority status. Students in the SLC <br/> were retained at a higher rate (82.6%) than control group members (73.7%) <br/> and expressed high satisfaction with the SLC experience during exit <br/> interviews. SLC minority student retention rate was 87.5% compared with a <br/> 67% retention rate for minority students in the total university <br/> population. Two more classes have been admitted to the SLC and evaluation <br/> of the effectiveness of the program in retaining underrepresented students <br/> in nursing and the sciences is continuing.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:17:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:17:25Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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