National Science Foundation (NSF) - Arlington, Virginia 22230
Members Present Prof. Ashok Agrawal, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, St. Louis, MO Ms. Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM Dr. Luis Echegoyen, CEOSE Vice Chair, Clemson University, Clemson, SC Dr. Joseph S. Francisco, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (Participant on June 1, 2006 only) Dr. Wesley L. Harris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (Virtual Participant on June 2, 2006) Dr. Beverly Karplus Hartline , Delaware State University, Dover, DE Dr. Joyce Bennett Justus, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA Dr. Richard E. Ladner, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Dr. William C. McCarthy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM Dr. Samuel L. Myers, Jr., CEOSE Chair, HHH Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Dr. Germán R. Núñez, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock , TX Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Dr. Muriel Poston, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Members Absent Dr. Marshall G. Jones, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY Dr. Robert L. Lichter, Merrimack Consultants, LLC, Great Barrington, MA
Executive Liaison/CEOSE Executive Secretary Dr. Margaret E. M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF)
OIA/NSF Primary Support Staff Member Mr. Lawrence E. Upson, Program and Technology Specialist, Office of Integrative Activities/NSF
Non-Members Who Presented Oral or Written Statements, Participated in the Discussions and/or Were Attendees without Specific Roles Dr. Morris L. Aizenman, Senior Science Associate, OAD/ Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences/NSF Dr. Bernice T. Anderson, Program Director for Evaluation, OAD/Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Henry N. Blount, Head, Office of Multidisciplinary Activities/Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences/NSF Dr. Joan S. Burrelli, Senior Analyst, SRS/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Ms. Charisse A. Carney-Nunes, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel/NSF Dr. Walter V. Collier, President, C&A Technologies, Inc., Oak Bluffs, MA Dr. Ted Conway, HRD/Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Clemencia Consentino de Cohen, Program for Evaluation in Equity Research, Urban Institute, Washington, DC Ms. Carmen Cromartie, Data Captioner, The Reporter Inc. Dr. Nakeina Douglas, Contractor to HRD/EHR, Guardians of Honor, LLC, Leesburg, VA Mr. David Epstein, Reporter, Inside Higher Education Dr. Norman Fortenberry, Director, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, NAE Dr. Mary J. Fraise, Deputy Division Director,SRS/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Dr. Peter Freeman , AD, Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF Ms. Sandra Gartrell, Data Captioner, The Reporter Inc. Ms. Tracy Gorman, Office of the Director/NSF Ms. Pamela B. Green, Program Analyst, Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management/NSF Dr. J.K. Haynes, Dean, Division of Science and Mathematics, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA Dr. Miriam Heller for Dr. Deborah L. Crawford, Acting Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure/NSF Dr. A. James Hicks, ProgramDirector for LSAMP, HRD/Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Susan T. Hill, SRS/ Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Dr. Deh-I Hsiung, Senior Program Analyst, REC /Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Sylvia M. James, Program Director, ESIE/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Elmima C. Johnson, Program Director, REC /Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson, Program Director, HRD /Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Nirmala Kannankutty, Senior Analyst, SRS/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Dr. Jill L. Karsten, Program Director for Diversity and Education, OAD/Directorate for Geosciences/NSF Prof. Muhammad Kehnemouji, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Dr. Nancy L. Leach, Program Director, SRS/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Dr. Margaret S. Leinen, AD, Directorate for Geosciences/NSF Dr. David W. Lightfoot, AD, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Mr. Robert Mortis, C&A Technologies, Inc., Oak Bluffs, MA Dr. Charlene Nunley, President, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Dr. Sonia Ortega, Program Director, DGE/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. John Pascarelli, AAAS/NSF - OIB/Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF Dr. Joy Pauschke for Dr. Richard O. Buckius, AD, Directorate for Engineering/NSF Dr. Christine Peterson, Director of Federal Business Development for Civilian Agencies, SRI, Arlington, VA Dr. Earnestine Psalmonds, Program Director, DGE/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dean Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Dr. Lawrence Rausch, Senior Analyst, SRS/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Dr. Celeste Rohlfing, CHE/Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences/NSF Dr. Joann P. Roskoski for Dr. James P. Collins, AD, Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF Mr. Lawrence Rudolph, General Counsel,Office of the General Counsel/NSF Dr. Victor Santiago, Acting Division Director, HRD/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Alfredo de los Santos, Research Professor , Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Dr. Henry Shannon, Chancellor, St. Louis Community College System, St. Louis, MO Dr. Tia B. Spencer, Assistant Program Director, OAD/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Ms. Marilyn J. Suiter, HRD/Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Judith S. Sunley, Acting AD, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences/NSF Dr. Elizabeth J. Teles, Program Director, DUE/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. John Tsapogas, Senior Analyst, SRS/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF Dr. Donald Thompson, Acting AD, Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF Dr. Thomas A. Weber, Director, International Science and Engineering/NSF Dr. Thomas L. Windham, Senior Advisor for S&E Workforce, Office of the Director/NSF
Orientation Session, Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Dr. Myers called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. and gave introductory remarks about the CEOSE Orientation Session. Everyone introduced himself/herself.
Mr. Lawrence Rudolph, NSF General Counsel, began his informal presentation by initially focusing the discussion on sections of the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act of 1980. It is out of this Act that the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) was formed. Mr. Rudolph spoke about broadening participation as a replacement for Affirmative Action. He reminded CEOSE members that, upon recommendation by CEOSE, they were appointed by the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for three-year terms that are renewable once. Members of CEOSE serve as consultants to NSF, and they may consult with the NSF Ethics Officer if they have or suspect that they have conflicts of interests. Mr. Rudolph noted that NSF has worked hard to structure its programs well, and it has been able to successfully address a variety of challenges. He commented on the NSF Graduate Minority Fellowship Program, which was an NSF program that was closed as a result of a law suit by a non-minority person who challenged its focus on minorities. He also made comments on issues in diversity that are being addressed by Southern Illinois University. A discussion of topics of interest to CEOSE members was held. On the topic of cross-agency interactions, Mr. Rudolph chose not to tell committee members the limits of CEOSE authority. Rather, he suggested that the committee be cautious as it takes action to become more proactive and more visible, noting that CEOSE has a “hook” (it reports to Congress) on which to address issues with other agencies. Also, he mentioned that the PCAST mandate is cross agencies.
The following persons made short presentations that focused on broadening participation efforts in their directorates/offices. Short quotations are included.
Dr. Margaret S. Leinen, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO): “GEO sees its role as catalyzing the research and education community to address educational obstacles to broadening participation in the geosciences. GEO’s diversity programs are coupled with more general efforts to strengthen geoscience education in the nation and aim to leverage other NSF investments.”
Dr. Donald Thompson, Acting Assistant Director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR): “EHR addresses all levels of S&E education, and it has laid the foundation and made significant progress to ensure the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technicians, and educators. Also, a well informed citizenry is included in the EHR portfolio.”
Dr. Thomas A. Weber, Director of the International Science and Engineering (ISE): “Most efforts of OISE, including those of broaden participation, are linked with those of other offices and directorates. Efforts are continuing in ISE to develop global scientists and engineers.”
Dr. Judith S. Sunley, Acting Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS): “MPS took seriously the NSF Strategic Plan of three years ago to embed broadening participation, which is everyone’s responsibility.” She discussed the full range of MPS actions taken and planned in reference to broaden the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in field that are under the MPS umbrella.
Dr. David W. Lightfoot, Assistant Director for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE): “Broadening participation is a key in SBE.” In his presentation, Dr. Lightfoot focused primarily on current emphases in SBE to broaden participation.
Dr. Joann P. Roskoski for Dr. James P. Collins, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO): “BIO, in its scientific staff and activities, mirrors the US demographic. Through well thought-out goals, BIO is addressing broadening participation at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Also, it continues to address broadening participation in the workforce through awards to HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs. It has the following as one of its goals – To increase support for the initiation or further development of research careers of scientists from underrepresented groups.”
Dr. Peter Freeman, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE): “Although its role is poorly understood, computer science greatly impacts all areas of human activity. Education and workforce preparation are strategies used by CISE to broaden participation. Nowhere is the need to broaden participation more critical than in information technology. CISE offers programs and special projects to address broadening participation, and CISE is and will remain committed to doing everything possible in computer science to broaden participation.”
Dr. Miriam Heller for Dr. Dan Atkins, Director Designate of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, and Dr. Deborah L. Crawford, Acting Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI): “OCI is paying particular attention to the opportunities to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups as it supports the development of the computing professionals, interdisciplinary teams. and new organizational structures, such as virtual communities.”
Dr. Joy Pauschke for Dr. Richard O. Buckius, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG): “ENG has a diversity of programmatic activities that focus on broadening participation. Its Diversity Working Group and the ENG Program Director for Diversity are positive forces within the directorate. The focus on broadening participation is not restricted to any single areas. For example, the Engineering Research Centers Program has a well developed diversity policy that is enforced, and the directorate takes advantage of other opportunities to broaden participation in its programs and activities and workforce.”
Following each presentation, meeting attendees discussed key issues presented on broadening participation. Closing comments were made by Dr. Myers, and the meeting was adjourned at 6:17 p.m. However, members of CEOSE remained in the room until 6:55 p.m., discussing information that had been presented during the session.
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Dr. Myers called the general meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. He stated how delighted he was to include a mini symposium in the general meeting, and he called on Professor Agrawal to begin the symposium.
After Professor Ashok Agrawal gave his introductory comments, Dr. Alfredo de los Santos gave a detailed presentation on the history of community colleges, stating facts and giving his assessment of the situations and the current status. Dr. Henry D. Shannon focused his presentation on community college concerns, external and internal challenges, and resources. Later, Dr. John Tsapogas provided trend data on community colleges. He noted several important observations in the data: Community colleges are serving first generation college students; minority graduates are attending community colleges in large numbers. Dr. Charlene Nunley’s presentation focused on the current state of affairs at the Nation’s community colleges. While there are challenges (e.g., access, affordability, faculty issues, student loan burdens, financial support, student transfer issues), there are numerous opportunities (i.e., programs that hold the interest of students) and successes (i.e., community college students do as well as four-year college students in academia and in the workforce). Dr. Myers summed up the presentations in his statement: “Community colleges play an important role in the production of scientists and engineers.” During the discussion that took place following the presentations, it was learned that 14 years of data are available as a result of the Advanced Technological Education Program, an NSF sponsored program. Community colleges play a key role in broadening the pipeline of students of various races and ethnicities through involvement with local schools.
At the end of the question and answer period, Dr. J.K. Haynes and Professor Ashok Agrawal provided closing comments on the mini symposium. Dr. Haynes spoke of community colleges as untapped resources—a group of colleges that are growing much faster than four-year colleges. Professor Agrawal was delighted to serve as the leader in designing and implementing the mini symposium, and he thanked the subcommittee members and speakers for their contributions to the event. Recommendations from this subcommittee are included in the minutes of the CEOSE meeting held in February 2006.
Following the mini symposium, Dr. Myers set the stage for the continuation of activities for the day with comments on the agenda for the general meeting and directions in which CEOSE will be advancing. This was followed by introductions of meeting participants. Dr. Bement, NSF Director, was unable to attend the meeting since he was on travel. Dr. Olsen, the NSF Deputy Director, was out of town also.
Dr. Joan S. Burrelli made a presentation entitled “The Intersection of Race, Gender and Disability in NSF’s Employment Data”. She cautioned the audience that the data presented are for one place in time; therefore, everyone should be careful about conclusions that result from the data. She also gave the response rate for different survey instruments (e.g., NPSAS, SED, SETAT, SDR, and NSCG).
Dr. Nirmala Kannankutty’s presentation, “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Issues: The Challenges of Success”, was focused on the publication of the NSF Asian American Committee. This publication can be viewed on the NSF website at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2005/nsf0551/.
Dr. A. James Hicks was joined by Dr. Clemencia Cosentino de Cohen of the Urban Institute in a presentation on the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. The Urban Institute has conducted an evaluation of the program, and the results were profound. More than 24,000 students participate in the program annually. There is a diversity of colleges involved in the program; these include, but are not limited to, Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Major Research Universities, Community Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Colleges and Universities. Although each LSAMP Program is different, there is a core of activities in which all participate. The LSAMP model should be replicated at a multiplicity of sites as the Nation responds to the need for more Americans to join the STEM workforce.
The second section of their presentation covered the relatively new Bridges to the Doctorate Program, which is sponsoring 546 students (up to 12 students per site) for two years of graduate studies. This program, like the LSAMP Program, expands the capacity of the educational institutions to develop and support STEM student talent. Each of these programs has made a difference in the STEM workforce. A full report is available upon request.
Following the discussion by meeting attendees and closing comments by Dr. Myers, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 2, 2006
Dr. Myers called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. He presented the CEOSE ad hoc subcommittee structure, appointed the Chairs, and named other members of the subcommittees.
CEOSE Business Meeting Results:
There are eleven males and four females currently on the committee. More female CEOSE members are needed. Therefore, when vacancies are available, efforts should be made to recruit women in general and Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and Puerto Ricans as priorities.
The line of succession of the CEOSE Vice Chair is as follows: Dr. Luis Echegoyen is the current CEOSE Vice Chair. Dr. Beverly K. Hartline will be his successor, and Dr. Joyce B. Justus will be Dr. Hartline’s successor. As in the past, the Vice Chair becomes Chair when the one-year term of the current Chair ends.
ACTION: CEOSE members were asked to review the revised draft of the NSF Strategic Plan and send comments to Dr. Tolbert for submission to the appropriate NSF staff member for action.
RECOMMENDATION: That NSF provide an across directorate process to ensure that there is a standard for broadening participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Dr. Núñez reported on the “IT Innovation and the Role of Diversity Town Hall Meeting” held on May 17th. At that town hall meeting, he represented CEOSE. Dr. Ladner, who attended this meeting as a representative of his university, provided input to the report by Dr. Núñez.
Drs. Ladner, McCarthy, and Poston reported on the CEOSE orientation held on May 31st. Their observation is that there is a variety of approaches to broadening participation at NSF.
These reports were followed by a brief discussion on “Broadening Participation Evaluation and Assessment within NSF”. This topic requires further attention from CEOSE.
Dr. Myers led the discussion of models of CEOSE membership: voting, non-voting, ex-officio, and regular members. Additionally, there was a discussion of greater engagement of CEOSE across federal agencies. RECOMMENDATION: It was recommended that NSF identify cross agency representatives with whom CEOSE can communicate about broadening participation in S&E. The purpose is information sharing.
Outgoing Members’ Presentations:
In his farewell remarks, Dr. Echegoyen, who was born in Cuba but grew up in Puerto Rico and became a U.S. citizen in 1973, spoke of his personal background and professional career, including the role his father played in his life. In his early years in Cuba and Puerto Rico, he was not a minority. However, he encountered all of the stereotypes of that category when he moved to America. He recalled his first encounter with discrimination and how the incident sensitized him to the issues of being a member of a minority group. Dr. Echegoyen presented information about his educational pursuits, research, and publications. He talked about the driving force that caused him to leave industry and join the academic community. His pleasant tenure at NSF and the impact of it on his career were covered also. As he unfolded the story about his research contributions, he focused on molecular chemistry, particularly compounds with 60 or more carbons. His was an opportunistic entry into the field of carbon chemistry, enabling his encounters with a Nobel Laureate and other great scientists and facilitating international collaborations. Before ending his remarks, he focused on CEOSE and its upward path. He stated that “… CEOSE has continued to evolve with great momentum”. He cautioned committee members: “… Never underestimate the influence of CEOSE. Don’t give up. Keep trying things; perseverance works. The ‘Tipping Point’ is closer now.”
In his farewell speech, Dr. Pearson focused on the science and mathematics disparities in our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. He pointed out problems and offered potential solutions. He stated the following: "Although the overall participation by underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups in STEM disciplines has grown measurably, there is still a long way to go before individuals from those groups have full and equal access to high-quality STEM education and opportunities. ... Research-based intervention is needed. In particular, there is a need to study the gap in achievement, which separates economically disadvantaged and some racial ethnic minority students from other students. This and other research results should enable a better understanding of what attracts and keeps children leaning mathematics and science and what leads them to graduate and pursue STEM careers. One thing is clear; the current disparities cannot continue to be tolerated. One step that will have major impact is action by NSF and its awardees. NSF must continue to place a high priority on broadening the participation of underrepresented groups and not let the focus be marginalized in any way. This agency must hold its awardees fully accountable for broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. ... "
Dr. J. K Haynes whose term ended on May 31, 2006, attended this June 2006 CEOSE meeting to fulfill his role as a member of the Subcommittee on Widening Creative Pathways to STEM and to participate in deliberations of the meeting. In his farewell remarks, he spoke of the importance of CEOSE and its foci. He has enjoyed being a part of this group with whom he has common interests pertinent to broadening participation, one that has had very strong and capable leadership with Dr. Indira Nair, Dr. Robert Lichter, and Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr. as Chairs. Those are the three Chairs under whom he served as a member of CEOSE. He also complimented the contributions of Dr. Pearson who served as Chair prior to Dr. Nair’s tenure in that position. Prior to Dr. Haynes’ appointment to CEOSE membership, his focus had been on NIH programs. Now, he knows a great deal about NSF, and his university— Morehouse College—has benefited from this. Dr. Haynes stated that he considered conducting demographic studies like those by Dr. Pearson and others, but he gave up that idea for good reasons. Dr. Haynes mentioned that his interest is not just local and national, but international as well. His foreign activities will continue with a trip to Tanzania to give a seminar on sickle cell anemia. In concluding his remarks, he recommended that the committee always have in its membership a person to represent HBCUs, a role that he assumed as a CEOSE member. The established relationships that CEOSE has with other advisory committees are effective and important to maintain. He recommended that CEOSE invite the Chairs of the NSF advisory committees to participate in CEOSE meetings. He complimented BIO and its advisory committee, for which he served as CEOSE Liaison, for its leadership in broadening participation. For national recognition of CEOSE, he recommended that the committee move ahead faster with its plans for developing relationships with comparable committees at professional societies and at different federal agencies. Additionally, he recommended that CEOSE move ahead with the development of a strategic plan with clear goals and objectives, an action that has its founding under the Chairmanship of Dr. Lichter. In closing, Dr. Haynes stated that he enjoyed his tenure as a member of CEOSE.
Widening Creative Pathways to STEM Subcommittee - Prof. Agrawal, Reporter & Subcommittee Chair:
One result of this subcommittee’s work was the implementation of the mini symposium, which was held as a part of this meeting. Among the recommendations made during the mini symposium were:
NSF and its directorates should focus on partnering with community colleges.
Community colleges can partner with neighborhood schools to expand the pipeline for minority children to enter STEM majors and careers.
To advocate for increased participation in STEM (“the scope of the problem…where it is, where it is we can really make a difference”) needs to be identified and researched.
To increase STEM participation among minority students at community colleges, faculty must focus on student support.
“Business has to be a part of the discussions” to increase STEM participation among minorities
Recommendations of this subcommittee were outlined in the minutes for the February 2006 meeting. These will be presented in the 2006 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress.
Institutional Transformation Subcommittee - Dr. Justus, Reporter & Subcommittee Chair:
Dr. Justus advised that it is the intention of this subcommittee to hold a symposium prior to the October 2006 meeting of CEOSE. She presented an outline of the plans for that symposium.
Assessment and Evaluation/NRC Silver Bullet Subcommittee – Dr. Harris, Reporter & Subcommittee Chair:
Dr. Harris reported that he, Dr. Myers, and Dr. Pearson developed a White Paper on the need for the National Research Council to hold a panel to conduct an evaluation and assessment of federal programs on broadening participation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. It was this White Paper that was discussed with Dr. Olsen on May 31 st.
Communications Subcommittee - Dr. Echegoyen, Reporter & Subcommittee Chair:
Dr. Luis Echegoyen reported on the meeting he and Dr. Myers had with Dr. Kathie L. Olsen, NSF Deputy Director, on May 31 st.
Dr. Echegoyen advised that CEOSE should invite representatives from other federal agencies to CEOSE meetings for the purpose of information sharing on broadening participation in science and engineering. RECOMMENDATION: A list of names of potential invitees should be obtained from the Office of the NSF Deputy Director.
Drs. Hartline and Lichter organized and implemented a session—“ Broadening Participation in America's STEM Workforce: A Report to Congress ”—of the AAAS Annual Conference in 2006. Drs. Hartline and Lichter organized the session and Dr. Hartline served as the moderator and discussant. Presenters were Dr. Lichter who spoke on the Origins of the CEOSE Reports to Congress, Dr. Myers who spoke on Economic Determinants for Broadening Participation , Dr. Indira Nair who spoke on Public Policy Choices: Individual Support to Institutional Transformation , and Dr. Thomas Windham who spoke on NSF's Role in Broadening Participation: What Remains To Be Done . Another session is planned for 2007. ACTION: Dr. Tolbert, who is a member and Fellow of AAAS, will serve as organizer and implementer for the CEOSE session at the AAAS Annual Conference in 2007.
Biennial Report to Congress Subcommittee - Dr. Núñez and Dr. Hartline, Reporters:
Dr. Núñez reported on the timeline, report outline, and layout for the 2006 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress. Prior to publication, the draft of the report is to be reviewed by CEOSE members and NSF officials. It was suggested that the theme be “Evaluation and Accountability”. The lists of CEOSE members to be included in the report are those for 2005 and 2006. Their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers are not to be included. The distribution list for the published report is to include (but is not limited to) members of Congress, CEOSE members, NSF officials, key persons at scientific and engineering societies, and selected persons at federal agencies. ACTION: A meeting with Congress—to discuss the report—is to be arranged at a later date.
Observations by CEOSE Members:
Different methods and techniques should be proposed to examine disabled subgroups (e.g. economically disadvantaged, learning disabilities, women, minorities, etc.).
In the future, CEOSE should try to think of ways, including those that could be funded, to gain a better understanding of the data associated with disabled subgroups, and the life experiences of these people.
In the future, CEOSE and NSF should focus on restructuring the LSAMP program to anticipate the needs of a growing immigrant student population participating in STEM majors.
NSF should double the LSAMP budget to increase state participation in it.
There is a critical need for social science research to provide a better understanding of how to improve attraction, retention, persistence, and achievement in STEM disciplines and careers for all U.S. citizens. To accomplish this goal requires collecting and disaggregating data by factors contributing to the under-representation differences among groups.
Informal and formal programs based on systematic research and evaluation can assist NSF in continuing to lead in bridging home and school cultures of all students.
Research-based summer programs with rigorous evaluation components should be developed and implemented to help at-risk, economically disadvantaged, under-represented, racially ethnic, minorities to retain what is learned during the school year.
NSF should continue to place a high priority on broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM, and not focus solely on broader impacts.
NSF must hold award recipients more accountable for broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.
In addition to the previously indicated items, CEOSE members recommended the following for action by the committee:
Appoint a CEOSE member to represent HBCU’s.
Make an effort to “close the loop” with chairs of other NSF advisory committees.
Establish relationships with comparable committees at other federal agencies to bring visibility to CEOSE, its missions and goals.
Develop a five-year strategic plan to focus on specific goals (e.g. broadening participation, solicit proposals that address increasing minority representation in STEM disciplines in creative and effective ways, etc.).
Propose a clear definition, criteria, and expectations for broadening participation in STEM disciplines for minorities to NSF.
Advocate for a directorate application of broader impacts to include broadening participation to become NSF’s priority.
Send a letter to NSF Assistant Directors, detailing CEOSE comments and concerns based on the meeting with them on May 31st (i.e., high variance in the methods used to measure broadening participation across directorates).
In addition to the letter, include a summary of the broader impacts/broadening participation issue in the biennial report to Congress as a part of the suggestions to NSF.
Begin to think about the content and presentation of the biennial report in terms of data and issues that each subcommittee wants to address.
Diversity of CEOSE membership should be included in the biennial report (i.e. scientific field, technical field) and a photograph of members.
Include a summary of Dr. Pearson’s K-12 education article (the essence of what he presented in his farewell presentation) in the CEOSE biennial report for 2006.
Future CEOSE Meetings:
The next CEOSE Meeting is scheduled for October 17-18, 2006, at NSF. ACTION: Meeting notices will be distributed well in advance of the October meeting. Also, dates for meetings in 2007 will be determined prior to the October meeting.
The meeting was adjourned by Dr. Echegoyen, who was acting on behalf of Dr. Myers, at 1:33 p.m.
CERTIFICATION OF THE ACCURACY OF THE CEOSE MEETING MINUTES
Dr. Samuel L. Myers, Jr., who is Chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, approved the meeting minutes on September 5, 2006, by e-mail message to Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, CEOSE Executive Secretary and NSF Executive Liaison to CEOSE.