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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program

Perimeter College

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Collegiate

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Blum, Janna
jblum@gsu.edu
770-274-5046

Address

Clarkston, GA 30021

Building

Campus
Clarkston

Funding

State Funding

Overview

Since its inception at Perimeter College in 2006, the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program has been helping students achieve their academic goals in the STEM disciplines. MESA strives to diversify the pipeline of students coming into college to study STEM fields. MESA creates a community of faculty, staff and students who work to improve students’ access to STEM studies and their success in those studies by alleviating barriers that underrepresented students face during educational pursuits.

Benefits

The focus of MESA is to provide support and wrap-around services for first generation and/or students who have been traditionally under-represented in STEM disciplines. Perimeter College MESA students benefit from Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW); academic advising/counseling; assistance with the transfer process to a 4-year institution; career advising; summer research/internship opportunities; and, linkages with student and professional organizations. MESA Scholars also receive a participation support stipend which helps to offset some of the fees associated with their college-going experience..

Supplemental Materials

MESA Report 2017

Discipline Focus
Computer & Information Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
First Generation, Gender, Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnic Group
American Indian, Black, Gender, Hispanic/ Latinx groups, Multi-racial, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
10/01/2006

Number Served
1001-1500

Research Components and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Specialized center, Student or faculty stipend/compensation

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

The MESA Center is an academic-based center designed to help MESA Scholars excel in STEM by providing access to technology and opportunities for peer support and information-sharing.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW); academic advising/counseling; assistance with the transfer process to a 4-year institution

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

Career advising

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Feeder pathways (e.g. existing partnerships with programs at similar or next level of the academic pipeline), Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring Components

Mentors are peers of program participants (near-peer, tiered peer, etc.), Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching, Mentors provide mentees with access to academic resources (e.g. precollegiate/collegiate/graduate/postdoc/ faculty training; standardized test preparation; writing workshops, research workshops, tenure and promotion information)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluation Methods

annual performance report

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

attendance, completion of a course(s),increasing academic skill area (s),persisting through current degree program, moving to the next level of the pipeline (e.g. high school to college; college to grad school; grad school to post doc; graduate to faculty)

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
10/01/2006

Number Served
1001-1500

Research Components and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Specialized center, Student or faculty stipend/compensation

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

The MESA Center is an academic-based center designed to help MESA Scholars excel in STEM by providing access to technology and opportunities for peer support and information-sharing.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW); academic advising/counseling; assistance with the transfer process to a 4-year institution

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

Career advising

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Feeder pathways (e.g. existing partnerships with programs at similar or next level of the academic pipeline), Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring Components

Mentors are peers of program participants (near-peer, tiered peer, etc.), Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching, Mentors provide mentees with access to academic resources (e.g. precollegiate/collegiate/graduate/postdoc/ faculty training; standardized test preparation; writing workshops, research workshops, tenure and promotion information)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

annual performance report

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

attendance, completion of a course(s),increasing academic skill area (s),persisting through current degree program, moving to the next level of the pipeline (e.g. high school to college; college to grad school; grad school to post doc; graduate to faculty)