University of California-Berkeley
Our approach to improve BSP and to disseminate its 'best practices' campus-wide will be driven by qualitative data (e.g., observations and participant narratives) and quantitative data (e.g., grades, GPA, graduating with a biology degree, pursuing a biology-related graduate or professional program and career) from ongoing and iterative evaluation/research over the 5 years of the grant. A team of social science researchers will evaluate BSP, attempt to figure out why BSP interventions 'work' and use these data to develop effective dissemination approaches (e.g., annual campus-wide STEM Interventions Conference, workshops and trainings, staff 'swaps') for faculty, staff, and graduate students involved with course instruction, academic advising, and tutoring.
Our evaluation focus will be on how BSP activities affect program participants' persistence and success in biology in terms of their self-efficacy, science identity, resilience, and vulnerability to stereotype threat. Beyond BSP, over the course of the grant, the evaluator along with a team of social science researchers will develop ways to evaluate the impact of the dissemination of BSP practices on the overall quality of undergraduate education of biology majors at Berkeley.