Project Spotlight

Logistical Pathways To Critical Diversity

The UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks the support of the Jefferson Trust for a comprehensive study of the factors contributing to striking differentials in the academic success of engineering students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds at UVA.  Aspiring engineers from underrepresented minority populations enter UVA as fully qualified academic equals from the top 10% of their high school classes but they face major challenges to their academic success within their first year, with long-term consequences.  By addressing differential outcomes for underrepresented minorities in engineering we can radically transform the student experience at UVA and, in the process, create a model with broad national applications.  An investment of $100,000 will launch the study across four key areas: a Quantitative Review of Engineering Outcome Differentials; Mixed-Method Evaluation of the Student Experience; Belonging, Self-Efficacy and Performance; and Policy and Practice.

Logistical Pathways To Critical Diversity