The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce Engineering Academic Boot Camp (ABC) at Purdue University has been selected as the 2016 NAMEPA Retention Program Award recipient. Engineering ABC aligns with NAMEPA’s mission of providing quality service, information, and tools to students. Its implementation has broadened participation of underrepresented minority students in engineering and STEM fields at Purdue University. The Engineering ABC at Purdue has a demonstrated history of positive impact. First year retention for underrepresented minority students increased from 63% to 85%. First semester academic performance has increased by 40%. Since its launch in 2005, the first semester engineering performance gap between underrepresented minorities and the total engineering cohort has closed. For the 2015-16 academic year, the first year retention rate for underrepresented minorities exceeded the first year retention rate for the majority in the total engineering cohort.
The NAMEPA Retention Program Award was established to honor retention programs that have actively increased the participation of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations in engineering. NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.
NAMEPA is very grateful for Purdue University’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Engineering Academic Boot Camp will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.