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McNair Scholars Program Assessment


Description of Program:

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a federally funded program designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of CSULB McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.The program annually serves thirty (30) CSULB eligible participants with strong academic potential by providing academic support, research opportunities, and encouraging participants to enroll in graduate programs. Participant academic progress is tracked beyond the undergraduate degree through to the successful completion of advanced degrees.

To assist program participants (scholars) with reaching their academic goals beyond completion of their undergraduate studies, the McNair Scholars Program offers seminars in research topic selection, research methods, computer applications, presentation skills, and research writing skills. The program also provides assistance with identifying and applying for graduate school funding, and the opportunity for scholars to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in their chosen field of study. Scholars formally present their research on campus and at various symbosia nationwide. Their research is also published in the annual CSULB McNair Scholar Journal.

Scholars must be U.S. citizens or hold legal permanent residency; be a current CSULB undergraduate student; be both low-income as determined by U.S. Census Bureau and a first-generation college student, or a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education.

Program Objectives

Objective 1
90% of McNair participants will complete research and scholarly activities that will directly impact their educational progression each McNair Program academic year.
Objective 2
80% of new participants served in each McNair Program academic year will attain a baccalaureate degree within three (3) years.
Objective 3
70% of bachelor's degree recipients will enroll in a postbaccalaurate program by the fall term of the academic year immediately following completion of that degree.

Program Objective Success

Grant Year

Scholarly Involvement

Baccalaureate Degree

Postbaccalaureate Enrollment

2000

100%

100%

82%

2001

100%

100%

85%

2002

100%

100%

78%

2003

100%

100%

84%

2004

100%

100%

95%

2005

100%

95%

95%

2006

100%

100%

100%

2007

100%

N/A

N/A

For additional retention and graduation info go to: www.csulb.edu/mcnair/

Location: Liberal Arts Building 3, Room 100
Phone: (562) 985-7659
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-12 Noon

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