Bill Text: NJ S2892 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance for institutions of higher education to identify cultural barriers in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2021-02-19 - Substituted by A1070 [S2892 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S2892-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 2892

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  NELLIE POU

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance for institutions of higher education to identify cultural barriers in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the recruitment and retention of certain students in STEM programs at institutions of higher education and supplementing chapter 3B of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    The Secretary of Higher Education shall establish a program to assist institutions of higher education in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. Underrepresented students include women and students from other populations historically underrepresented in the STEM fields. The purpose of the program shall be to develop guidance and strategies for the institutions to:

     a.     identify cultural and institutional barriers experienced by underrepresented students, including an assessment of the academic, social, and family-related factors which may negatively impact the recruitment and retention of those students into the STEM fields; and

     b.    provide the students with the institutional and faculty support necessary to allow underrepresented students in STEM programs to reach their academic goals.  

     In the development of the guidance and strategies, the secretary may examine any programs implemented in other states designed to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in STEM programs at institutions of higher education.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the Secretary of Higher Education to establish a program to assist institutions of higher education in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. Underrepresented students include women and students from other populations historically underrepresented in the STEM fields. The purpose of the program is to develop guidance and strategies for the institutions to:

        identify cultural and institutional barriers experienced by underrepresented students, including an assessment of the academic, social, and family-related factors which may negatively impact the recruitment and retention of those students into the STEM fields; and

        provide the students with the institutional and faculty support necessary to allow underrepresented students in STEM programs to reach their academic goals.   

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