P901: Strategies for success in chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana is recognized for offering an exceptional STEM curriculum, while remaining close to its liberal arts roots. According to the U.S. Department of Education, during the past decade, Xavier has ranked first in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, and the physical sciences. Recent data shows that Xavier is a national leader in the number of its STEM majors who go on to receive PhDs. In order to achieve and maintain this level of excellence, Xavier has developed several initiatives geared toward providing world-class educational opportunities to its underrepresented minority students. Xavier’s student body is made up of a high proportion of undergraduate STEM women of color. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Xavier’s students are female and 73.8% are African American. In addition, over 75% of Xavier’s undergraduates major in STEM fields. This talk will highlight some of the policies, practices and strategies used at Xavier, which have contributed to the success of students. The undergraduate research program, student engagement opportunities (including the award winning Chemistry Club), mentoring, and advising will be discussed. Particular focus will be given to curricular strategies in the General and Organic Chemistry drill courses and efforts to implement online learning.