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Patterns for Success

Strategies that universities can employ to help black, Hispanic, and American Indian science and engineering students succeed were studied at universities with higher-than-average retention for minority students (Rodríguez 1993, pp. 131-38). The strategies found to be most effective were:
  1. Helping students clarify their goals and improve their study habits, starting in secondary school.
  2. Engaging minority students as role models for each other and as peer tutors.
  3. Increasing social interactions between teachers and minority students.
  4. Providing students with sufficient financial support for college.
  5. Doing more to engage the families of students in activities that support the students.

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