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As part of this project, the NNJ-B2B community colleges employ five high-impact practices that have proven effective in engaging underrepresented minority students in their STEM learning:

This nationally recognized model of teaching and learning utilizes students who have previously done well in STEM courses and who then become "peer-leaders". These peer leaders facilitate small-group learning as an integral part of gateway STEM courses. Each week, peer leaders meet with their "student group" to engage in problem solving activities and discussion of course material. The PLTL model has been adapted to many institutions and has demonstrated its effectiveness in improving student learning.

GS-LSAMP students are paired with B2B students. They meet frequently throughout the year - in person, virtually, or by phone.  Research has demonstrated measurable results for college and university peer mentoring programs, including increased grades and reduced attrition. In addition to serving as positive role models, peer mentors are an invaluable source for reviewing STEM concepts, discussing academic and social issues related to college success, and for helping community college students make a smooth transition to four-year schools.

This program is based on the premise that students who participate in undergraduate research experiences within their first two years of college are more likely to complete their associates STEM degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. B2B scholars in good standing will apply for research internships at GS-LSAMP four-year institutions.  See Research Internships

This initiative helps to improve math performance by utilizing the ALEKS online system (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces). Students who are registered to take introductory college-level math courses, such as College Algebra, will be tested using the ALEKS system to determine their areas of weakness. Once this diagnostic has been completed, ALEKS will customize an online program to remediate those weaknesses to help move students through the academic STEM pipeline.

Because underrepresented minority students are often the first in their family to attend college, they often lack access to positive role models and therefore benefit from information on career opportunities and the process of transitioning to a four-year school. GS-LSAMP faculty offers regular seminars at NNJ-B2B institutions, while B2B schools host transfer days for students to obtain transfer and application information to four-year institutions. Other collaborative efforts include internships, career counseling, field trips and campus tours. See Transfer Events