Northern Illinois University's PROMISE: Providing Resources and Opportunities to Maximize Interest in S.T.E.M. Education
The NIU PROMISE is a campus-wide effort to encourage new freshmen and sophomore students who are undecided about their major or enrolled in a STEM major to select STEM as a career choice. The proposed project is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of college level work. Through the assistance of NIU colleges and three campus support offices, CHANCE Program, Academic Advising Center, and Career Services, PROMISE focuses on five key components to increase retention and graduation rates. They are (1) a summer pre-college program; (2) academic support structures (learning communities, MAPworks, ACCESS) in STEM courses; (3) research and peer opportunities with faculty and students; (4) a career, job readiness and/or graduate school preparation in STEM majors and; (5) Faculty development of STEM best practices.
PROMISE Strategic Focus
PROMISE will focus particular attention on three student freshmen and sophomore cohorts: (1) Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Women who are undecided about their major; (2) undecided and STEM freshmen and sophomore students and; (3) students enrolled in the CHANCE Program. The NIU STEM disciplines are Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial/Systems, Engineering Technology, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics.