Concurrent Session VIII:
Attracting and Supporting At-Risk Students: Understanding the Effects of Meeting Full Financial Need and Developing Appropriate Programs for Equity in STEM

Clint Emmerich, Ed. D., Anthea Johnson Rooen

Wednesday, May 26
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM HST
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT

 CPE Credits: 1.2

Admission, Finance, Student Engagement, Supporting Underrepresented Students

Program Knowledge: 

Session Description

The speakers will present findings of a study that analyzed the effects of meeting full financial need for undergraduate students majoring in engineering and/or computer science. The study discusses the effects on class composition, yield, persistence, graduation rates, and other factors; as well as a discussion on themes observed through interviews with faculty and senior leadership about the goals and evaluation of the program. The speakers will also discuss the follow-up Equity in STEM program that was founded after this financial aid experiment to recruit, engage, and retain historically underrepresented students in engineering and applied science fields. The presentation emphasizes the importance of both financial aid strategy and engagement efforts to be successful increasing diversity in STEM fields. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand concepts of gross tuition, tuition discounts, net tuition, unmet financial need gap, admissions iron triangle theory.
  2. Identify factors for evaluation of inputs and outputs of students. Develop an understanding of perspectives of senior leadership and faculty surrounding admission goals.
  3. Understand program development options to increase and retain underrepresented students in STEM fields. 

About the Speakers

 Clint Emmerich, Ed. D

Clint Emmerich, Ed. D
Assistant Provost for Budget and Analysis
University of Denver

Clint earned his MBA and Ed.D. at the University of Denver. He has been in the Office of the Provost for three years. Prior to this role, Clint has held roles as the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration for Sturm College of Law, Financial Analyst in the Office of the Controller, and Student Organizations Comptroller all at the University of Denver.

 Anthea Johnson Rooen Photo

Anthea Johnson Rooen
MBA, Director of Equity in STEM
University of Denver

Anthea brings over 27 years of experience in diversity, student success, and college access from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Johnson Rooen worked as the Associate Director for Student Development, Co-Director for Recruitment and Acting Director for the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2002–09. She was responsible for recruiting and retaining historically underrepresented students to the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The MEP offered a number of resources, scholarships and opportunities to all participating students in a welcoming and vibrant academic community. She also served as the adviser for National Society for Black Engineer (NSBE) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Regional Conference Planning Committee in 2005.
Ms. Johnson Rooen was the Director of Outreach Programs for the two years at the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute from 2009–2011 where she successfully coordinated outreach programs and collaborated with on and off campus partners to expose students to opportunities in technology and college. She has won several awards for her work related to advising and outreach such as the 2007 Service Award from Colorado Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and Outstanding Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) Staff Member in 2003 and 2009.

Ms. Johnson Rooen earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

At the University of Denver, Ms. Johnson Rooen has serve in various roles within the Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) and the division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (CLIE), including the Director for College Access and Pipeline Programs and the Director for Graduate Student Success. Most recently she was charged to develop a pilot program called the Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (E-STEM) Program. E-STEM is an academic program for historically underrepresented undergraduate students majoring in STEM, and is a partnership with CLIE, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM) and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS). In the third year of the pilot, the E-STEM Program has seen 90% retention rate.