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STEP to Success 

The purpose of STEP to Success at West Virginia State University is to increase the number of graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) over a five-year period using grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation. According to Pew Research Center, over 60% of tomorrow’s high-wage, high-demand jobs will be in the STEM areas. The STEP to Success program will support this increase in graduates through focused recruiting, early academic support, and ongoing mentoring and student engagement.
 
STEP to Success has 10 concurrent initiatives to increase STEM enrollment at WVSU. These include a five-week, credit-bearing residential summer bridge program to address common deficiencies in mathematics, longitudinal learning communities to establish a system of major-oriented peer support, and peer-led supplemental instruction to improve student performance in freshman- and sophomore-level courses in the STEM programs. Ongoing mentoring and student engagement will build on the University’s prior success in placing students in undergraduate research positions and internships with university faculty and regional STEM-related employers.
 
The STEP to Success Program is expected to increase enrollment of first-time freshmen in STEM majors by 20% and increase year-to-year retention by 10 percentage points, producing 16 additional STEM graduates per year by the end of the five-year award period, including at least 10 per year from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

Contact Us

Dr. Michael Fultz
STEP to Success Project Director
217 Hamblin Hall
(304) 766-3106
mfultz@wvstateu.edu

Dr. Xiaohong Zhang
Supplemental Instruction Program Coordinator
717 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3398
zhangxi@wvstateu.edu

Dr. Upali Karunathilake
Summer Math Bridge Program Coordinator
818 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3244
ukarunathil@wvstateu.edu

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