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MESA is an innovative and effective model for academic support and development. The MESA strategies are supported by research on student learning and success. It is imperative that the MESA culture of succes and our City College community continue to be guided by current research findings on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Below are key sources for supporting an informed approach:

Updates - Comments and recommendations on relevant research and best practices are welcome. Thank you for helping us to establish City College and our MESA Program as exemplary models in STEM education.

Recently Added

2014 - Report (added 6/24/14)
Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges 
Center for Community College Student Engagement

2013 - Report (added 6/20/13)
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2013
National Science Foundation

2013 - National Center for Postsecondary Education (added 3/18/13)
Recent Publications

2013 - Community College Research Center (added 3/18/13)
Recent Publications

2013 - Center for Community College Student Engagement (3/18/13)
Recent Publicaitons

2012 - Report (added 3/18/13)
A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success
Center for Community College Student Engagement

2010 - Report (added 3/18/13)
Benchmarking and Benchmarks: Effective Practice with Entering Students
Survey of Engineering Student Engagement (SENSE)
Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

2010 - Report (added 3/18/13)
The Heart of Sudent Success: Teaching, Learning and College Completion
Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)


Leading STEM research centers

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Iowa State University

Center for Urban Education
University of Southern California



Other References

Community College Research Center

Complete College America


STEM research and related reports

Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges 
Center for Community College Student Engagement

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2013
National Science Foundation


It’s About Time to Break the Glass Ceiling for Women in STEM
Lorelle L. Espinosa
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future
A Report From the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges
Commission Co-Chair: Augustine P. Gallego - Chancellor Emeritus, San Diego Community College District

Academic Leaders Share STEM Education Ideas
Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering
The National Academies Press

Analysis: Meeting the STEM Challenge
Warren E. Leary
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

California's Economic Payoff: Investing in College Access & Completion
University of California, Berkeley - Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Reducing Undergraduate Debt to Increase Latina and Latino Participation in STEM Professions
Alicia C. Dowd and Lindsey E. Malcom
USC Rossier School of Education - Center for Urban Education

Are Hispanics America's Next Great STEM Innovators?
Forbes Magazine

Role of Community Colleges in STEM Education: Thoughts on Implications for Policy, Practice and Future Research
Elizabeth Hoffman, Soko S. Starobin, Frankie Santos Laanan and Marisa Rivera
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

Role of Community Colleges: Broadening Participation among Women and Minorities in STEM
Soko S. Starobin, Frankie Santos Laanan and Carol J. Burger
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads
Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Policy and Global Affairs
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine

Degrees of Success: Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates among Initial STEM Majors
Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA

Pathways to STEM Bachelor’s and Graduate Degrees for Hispanic Students and the Role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Alicia C. Dowd, Estela M. Bensimon, Lindsey E. Malcom and Ricardo Stanton-Salazar
USC Rossier School of Education

A Social Capital Framework for the Study of Institutional Agents & Their Role in the Empowerment of Low-status Students & Youth
Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar
USC Rossier School of Education

Improving Transfer Access to STEM, Bachelor’s Degrees at Hispanic Serving Institutions through theAmerica COMPETES Act
Alicia C. Dowd, Lindsey E. Malcom, and Elsa E. Macias
USC Rossier School of Education

Succeeding in Community College: Advancing the Educational Progress of Working Students
John S. Levin, Virginia Montero Hernandez, and Christine Cerven
Policy Matters - A Quarterly Publication of the University of California, Riverside

(Re)Constructing Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Moving Beyond Numbers Toward Student Success
Lindsey E. Malcom, Estela Mara Bensimon and Brianne Dávila
EP College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Tapping HSI-STEM Funds to Improve Latina and Latino, Access to STEM Professions
Lindsey E. Malcom, Alicia C. Dowd, and Terrence Yu
The Center for Urban Education (CUE)

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 
National Science Board

Challenges and Opportunities for Increasing the STEM Pipeline
Edward J. Leach
Leadership Abstracts
League for Innovation in the Community College

White House Announces 'Change the Equation' Initiative
PND, Philanthropy News Digest
A Service of the Foundation Center

Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges
Colleen Moore and Nancy Shulock
Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy

Basic skills are barrier to success for many 2-year college students
Jennifer Oldham
The Hechinger Report

Something’s Got to Give: California can’t improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges

Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California Community Colleges

One-Shot Deal? Students’ Perceptions of Assessment and Course Placement in California’s Community Colleges
Andrea Venezia, Kathy Reeves Bracco, Thad Nodine
(Full Report or Summary)


College Student Debt as Opportunity or Disadvantage? A Reconceptualization and Application to STEM Graduate Enrollment
Lindsey E. Malcom, University of California, Riverside
Alicia C. Dowd, University of Southern California
Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)

Benchmarking the Success of Latina and Latino Students in STEM to Achieve National Graduation Goals
Alicia C. Dowd, Lindsey E. Malcom, and Estela Mara Bensimon
USC Rossier School of Education

Multiple Pathways to STEM: Examining state differences in community college attendance among Latino STEM bachelor's degree holders.
Lindsay E. Malcolm, University of California, Riverside
Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)

Re-imagining Community Colleges in the 21st Century: A Student-Centered Approach to Higher Education
Center for American Progress


Confronting the "New" American Dilemma -- Underrepresented Minorities in Engineering: A Data-Based Look at Diversity
Lisa M. Frehill, Nicole M.DiFabio and Susan Hill,
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Access Without Support Is Not Opportunity
Author: Vincent Tinto
Inside Higher-Ed

Broadening Female Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Experiences at Community Colleges
New Directions for Community Colleges

Hispanic Serving Institutions: Closeted identity and the production of equitable outcomes for Latino/a students
Frances E. Contreras, Lindsey E. Malcom and Estela Maria Bensimon
Understanding Minority-Standing Institutions Chapter 6

Accumulating (Dis)advantage? Institutional and Financial Aid Pathways of Latino Stem Baccalaureates
Lindsey Ellen Malcom
Uiniversity of Southern California

Chapter 7: Enhancing Representation, Retention, and Achievement of Minority Students in Higher Education: A Social Transformation Theory of Change 
Kenneth I. Maton, Freeman A. Hrabowski, Metin Özdemir and Harriette Wimms, 
Toward Positive Youth Development

Models for Success – Successful Academic Models for Increasing the Pipeline of Black and Hispanic Students in STEM Areas
Thurgood Marshall College Fund


Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
National Academies

An investigation of critical mass: The role of Latino representation in the success of urban community college students
Research in Higher Education

National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System
National Science Board

Understanding Interventions That Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers: Summary of a Workshop
Steven Olson and Adam P. Fagen, Editors
National Research Council

Factors Impacting Sense of Belonging at a Hispanic-Serving Institution 
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education


Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States: Threading the Needle of the American Dream
The Study of Economic, Informational,and Cultural Barriers to Community College Student Transfer Access at Selective Universities
Research funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, and Nellie Mae Education Foundation

  • Executive Summary
  • Preface 
  • Section I - National Estimates of Transfer Access and Baccalaureate Degree Attainment at Four-Year Colleges and Universities
  • Section II - Community College Transfer Students at Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States: An Estimate of the Two-Year Transfer Population at Elite Institutions and of the Effects of Institutional Characteristics on Transfer Access
  • Section III - The Life Histories of Ten Individuals Who Crossed the Border between Community Colleges and Selective Four-Year Colleges
  • Section IV - Practices Supporting Transfer of Low-Income Community College Students to Selective Institutions

What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature
George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, Jennifer A. Buckley, Brian K. Bridges and John C. Hayek
National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)


Influence of precollege experience on self-concept among community college students in science, mathematics, and engineering
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

Retention by Design: Achieving Excellence in Minority Engineering Education
Landis, R. California State University, Los Angeles


Meeting the Need for Scientists, Engineers, and an Educated Citizenry in a Technological Society
Policy Information Report
Paul E. Barton
Policy Information Center - Educational Testing Service

Student Learning Outside the Classroom: Transcending Artificial Boundaries
George D. Kuh, Katie Branch Douglas, Jon P. Lund and Jackie Ramin-Gyurnek
Association for the Study of Higher Education

Improving the Retention and Gradution of Minorities in Engineering
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
National Assoication of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA)


Best practices for teaching and learning

On Course - Student Success Strategies
Practical applications for the following On Course Principles:

  • Getting On Course
  • Self-Responsibility
  • Self-Motivation
  • Self-Management
  • Interdependence
  • Self-Awareness
  • Life-Long Learning
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Staying On Course