Mapping Equity and Quality in Mathematics Education

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Equity and Quality in a Mathematics Program for Under-Represented Students at an Elite Public University

  • Vilma MesaAffiliated withSchool of Education, University of Michigan Email author 
  • , Robert Megginson

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We describe the impact of the Douglass Houghton Scholars Program (DHSP), which seeks to increase the enrollment of minorities in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees at the University of Michigan. In the first three years of the program, the number of minority students taking two mathematics courses, earning high grades, and choosing a major in the STEM disciplines increased dramatically. We illustrate that the sustainability of programs such as this one depends on adequate instructional, administrative, and financial support; the articulation of these areas is key for maintaining a high-quality program that will address equity and diversity agendas in higher education institutions.


Achievement Emerging Scholars Program Evaluation First-year college students Engineering education Mathematics education Science education Technology education