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DREAM STEM Communications


The DREAM STEM Project at NCCU has been recognized nationally as one of the models of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) of the National Science Foundation. We have just published our outreach article in the leading science communication publication, Scientia. You may also listen to audiobook on DREAM STEM here.

The DREAM STEM Project has had a dramatic impact on student outcomes at NCCU. DREAM STEM contributed to a 17% overall enrollment increase in all STEM programs. For the Physics degree program specifically, the enrollment increase was 63%. A sample of first-time, full-time (FTFT) freshmen DREAM STEM participants was compared to a matched sample of FTFT freshman NON-DREAM STEM students.  Retention rates for the DREAM STEM sample averaged 95% compared to 68% for the NON-DREAM STEM sample. DREAM STEM participants persisted toward the STEM degree at a rate that exceeded 91% whereas persistence was 40% for NON-DREAM STEM students.  The 4-year graduation rate for DREAM STEM was 50% compared to 27% for non-DREAM STEM. Without the DREAM STEM Project, more high caliber students initially interested in a STEM degree may not have persisted nor remained enrolled at NCCU. 

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