Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students (BEAMS)

During 2003-07, the Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students (BEAMS) project fostered data-based campus change initiatives using NSSE results at more than 100 four-year Minority Serving Institutions.

The BEAMS project ended in December 2007. In spring 2008, IHEP hosted a series of regional events to disseminate the BEAMS findings and promote the  release of the monograph,  Increasing Student Success at Minority-Serving Institutions: Findings from the BEAMS Project . Each event featured a panel of BEAMS campus representatives, and BEAMS project staff from IHEP and NSSE, who discussed the project's findings and recommendations. Event sites included the University of the District of Columbia (March 13), California State University-Dominguez Hills (March 25), Spelman College (March 28), University of Puerto Rico-Humacao (April 1), and University of the Incarnate Word (April 4).

In addition, the project resulted in ten practice briefs that focus on aligning multiple campus initiatives, campus leaders' support, co-curricular activities, collecting survey data for assessment, engagement among campus constituencies, faculty development, first-year programs, student support services technology, and writing across the curriculum.