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INCRSE - Increasing Numbers, Connections, and Retention in Science and Engineering 


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General Information:

West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) received funding from the National Science Foundation in fall 2005 for Increasing Numbers, Connections, and Retention in Science and Engineering (INCRSE) as a Type I Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP). INCRSE's vision is to provide access to science, engineering, and mathematics degrees for the predominantly under-served rural, increasingly Hispanic population of the Texas Panhandle who are served by WTAMU. The goal of the INCRSE project is to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of undergraduate students pursuing and obtaining degrees in all NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture, Science & Engineering at WTAMU.


  • Increase the number of new STEM majors at WTAMU by 25% by year five

  • Increase 1st year retention of students in STEM disciplines at WTAMU

INCRSE Initiatives:

  • Develop relationships between WTAMU and community college STEM faculty and staff to facilitate the transfer process (Add a link somehow here to the CC outreach page where we go into depth and exhibit the data) 

  • Develop learning communities featuring co-enrollment in two courses from mathematics, science, engineering, and freshman seminar to develop early relationships among STEM majors (Add a link somehow here or on the page to the page about the learning communities.)

  • Utilize problem-based learning in learning communities linking mathematics and engineering courses to emphasize the relevance of mathematics in engineering and improve students problem-solving skills (Add a link here to problem - based learning examples and info about publication)

Outcomes From INCRSE Initiatives:

  • An increase in STEM enrollment of 50% (697 to 1044) by the fall of 2010

  • An increase of 61% in new community college transfers between 2005 and 2010 resulting in an overall STEM CC transfer enrollment increase of 32%

  • An increase of 42% in the number of female STEM majors 

  • An increase of 125% in the number of Hispanic STEM majors 

  • The institutionalization of learning communities in mathematics, engineering and the sciences exhibiting improved student success and retention