STEM Central

A Community of Practice for NSF STEM Projects

Increasing STEM talent through regional partnerships, recruiting, & retention

Study-based programs plus strong institutional support equals measurable success in recruitment and retention.

California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) and Palomar Community College (Palomar) are increasing the number of STEM graduates through recruiting and retention activities coordinated across both institutions. Results from a recent marketing study have guided the design of STEM-related outreach programs and other recruitment efforts at Palomar College and select local high schools. Outreach activities include STEM Cafes, classroom presentations, and hands-on labs led by undergraduate STEM Ambassadors. Retention activities include the development of a drop-in STEM tutoring center, which recorded 3,404 visits in fall 2012, and a cross-campus curricula reform program that employs undergraduate Learning Assistants. Among the project’s initial achievements are reductions in DFW rates in targeted courses and a 48% year-over-year increase in new STEM enrollees.

Lead Author

  • Charles De Leone


Name Organization
Debbie DeRoma California State University San Marcos

Institution Information

  • Name: California State University - San Marcos
  • State: CA

Poster Information

  • ID: TF-008
  • Disciplinary Focus: All STEM
  • Award Number: 1068477
  • Project Year 2