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Collaborating on Mentoring, Persistence, Assessment & Student Success

Duke is using a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve learning for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students, particularly underrepresented minorities, in introductory science courses. The COMPASS Program, which stands for Collaborating on Mentoring, Persistence, Assessment and Student Success, will focus on helping Duke STEM students by implementing proven teaching practices in the classroom.

Specifically, the COMPASS Program will:

  • Create a STEM Teaching and Learning Collaboratory that brings together faculty, teaching assistants and learning specialists to determine best practices for teaching and learning in introductory courses. Read more.
  • Expand the Science Advancement through Group Engagement (SAGE) Program, a small-group study program at Duke that doubled retention rates during its pilot years. Since 2009, the number of Arts & Sciences students graduating in a STEM discipline has increased 7.3 percent.
  • Enable the hire of a director of academic engagement to advise and track the progress of STEM students. Nyote Calixte now serves natural and quantative science students as a big picture advisor.

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