AAAS Annual Meeting / AGEP Symposium, 2007

MEETING ARCHIVE

2007 AAAS Annual Meeting

February 17, 2007
San Francisco, CA

SYMPOSIUM

Broadening Participation in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

SYNOPSIS
This symposium focuses on an ambitious agenda to ensure diversity in the next generation of social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) scientists. It is comprised of NSF-supported strategic, regional alliances among top institutional producers of underrepresented minorities at the B.S. and Ph.D. levels, such as the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). Issues to be addressed include: SBE faculty of the future, undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities, inter-institutional and inter-alliance feeder linkages, international collaborations, the role of professional associations, development of a national network, research on broadening participation, broad-based dissemination, and evaluation. Recognizing that sustainable well-being to improve the human condition depends heavily on social, behavioral and economic conditions, processes, and their interconnections, it is critical to produce a vibrant cadre of diverse, well-trained social, behavioral, and economic scientists to help ensure a robust SBE scientific enterprise that informs sustainable well-being.

ORGANIZERS
Wanda Ward, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Roosevelt Johnson, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Patricia White, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

PRESENTATIONS
Moderator: Wanda E. Ward, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

Gail Smith, City University of New York, NY
View Strategies for Implementation through the City University of New York and Michigan AGEP Alliance [PPT]

Lawrence J. Henschen, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
View The Glass Needs Filling: The Great Lakes Alliance for the Social Science [PPT]

Henry T. Frierson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
View The Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Alliance Vision [PPT]

Karen S. Cook, Stanford University, CA
View The Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education in the SBE Sciences Fellows Program

Disscussant: John Mohr, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
View The Value of SBE/AGEP [PPT]

Discussant: Patricia White, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA


Graduate School Alliances to Diversify the Science and Engineering Work Force

SYNOPSIS
For more than five years, nearly 80 graduate schools have been involved in 22 NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). They are expected to engage in comprehensive institutional cultural changes that will lead to sustained increases in science and engineering doctorates awarded to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. The framework for change focuses on institutional and departmental policies and practices related to graduate students admissions and selection, curriculum, academic support and advising, faculty mentoring, work-force skills development, and use of student and faculty data to inform change. Indicators to measure change in AGEP institutions include longitudinal data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and citizenship on graduate students, including new enrollees; overall enrollment, Ph.D.s awarded, and post-Ph.D. employment. Institutional transformation indicators focus on changes in practices and faculty involvement. In addition, the Council on Graduate Schools Ph.D. Completion Project and the James Irvine Foundation Campus Diversity Initiative both have tools that are useful in the evaluation of AGEP institutions.

ORGANIZERS
Yolanda S. George, AAAS Education and Human Resources, Washington, DC
Patricia Campbell, Campbell-Kibler Associates Inc., Groton, MA
View AGEP Results from the Data [PPT]

PRESENTATIONS
Moderator: Roosevelt Y. Johnson, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

John Mohr, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
View Strategies for Cultural Changes in Graduate School [PPT]

Yolanda George, AAAS Education and Human Resources, Washington, DC (PPT, 467KB)
View Evaluation to Inform Graduate Student Recruitment and Progression to the Ph.D. Degree [PPT]

Daniel Denecke, Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC (PPT, 187KB)
View The Council of Graduate Schools Ph.D. Completion Project [PPT]

Wanda E. Ward, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
View Discussion [PPT]