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Project Scope

 An ad hoc committee under the oversight of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), in collaboration with the Board on Science Education (BOSE), will undertake a study to examine the goals, aspirations, challenges and successes of colleges and universities that serve a significant portion of our nation’s African American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American STEM graduates-- often collectively referred to as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs):

• Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
• Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs)
• Tribal Colleges or Universities
• Alaska Native-serving institutions or Native Hawaiian-serving institutions
• Predominantly Black Institutions
• Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions
• Native American-serving nontribal institutions

This study will address the following questions:

1. What are the key challenges and obstacles facing MSIs as they strive to produce well-educated scientists, engineers and health care providers who are prepared for success the 21st Century workplace? In particular, what challenges are unique to MSIs (as a consequence of the demographics of the students they serve, their history of support and funding, and their special designation as Title III institutions), and how are those institutions working to address those challenges?

2. What are examples of model programs on MSI campuses that have demonstrated strong evidence of success in producing quality STEM graduates, particularly those models that involve partnerships with other local institutions of higher education and with business and industry?

3. What are examples of exemplary curricula and lab experiences in MSIs that represent promising practices that might be replicated at other such institutions?

The resulting report will provide findings and recommendations to help create the conditions, systems, policies and practices on MSI campuses that propel more students toward degree attainment in STEM fields and toward strong preparation for success in STEM careers.

For any questions or comments regarding this study, please contact the Study Director, Leigh Jackson ( 

Meetings & Events

Meeting 1
April 10-11
Washington, DC
Keck Center

Meeting 2
July 17-18
Washington, DC
More details forthcoming


A consensus report will be issued at the end of the project.

Committee Members

Kent McGuire Co-Chair
President and CEO
Southern Education Foundation

Lorelle L. Espinosa Co-Chair
Assistant Vice President
American Council on Education’s (ACE)
Center for Policy Research and Strategy

Jim Bertin 
Chief Dull Knife College

Anthony Carpi 
Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Dean of Research
John Jay College

Aprille Ericsson
Capture –Mission- Manager
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Lamont Hames
President & CEO
LMH Strategies, Inc

Wesley L. Harris (NAE)
Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eve J. Higginbotham
Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

William Spriggs 
Chief Economist

Victor K. Tam
Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Santa Rosa Junior College

Cristina Villalobos
interim director
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley′s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (Pembina Chippewa)
Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry
Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center

James T. Minor
Senior Strategist for Academic Success and Inclusive Excellence
California State University

Leo S. Morales
Professor of Medicine, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Health Equity,
Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine
University of Washington

Anne-Marie Nuñez
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Program
Department of Educational Studies
Ohio State University

Clifton Poodry
Senior Science Education Fellow
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dorothy Cowser Yancy
President Emerita of Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU)

Lance Shipman Young 
Chair and Associate Professor,Department of Chemistry
Morehouse College


Helmsley Trust
National Science Foundation
The Sloan Foundation