BEAMS Contacts: BEAMS is a project that puts theory into action and focuses on best practices for higher education. With this project, the traditionally underserved are now the Alliance for Equity in Higher National Survey of Student Engagement beneﬁciaries of what we know is necessary for all students to succeed. It works! Education headquarters at Center for Postsecondary Research Institute for Higher Education Policy Indiana University Bloomington – Alexander González, president, California State University-Sacramento; Chair, HACU Governing Board; and member, BEAMS Advisory Council 1320 19th Street, NW, Suite 400 1900 East Tenth Street, Washington, DC 20036 Eigenmann Hall Suite 419 Fax (202) 861-9307 Bloomington, IN 47406 www.msi-alliance.org Fax: (812) 856-5150 www.nsse.iub.edu MARGARITA BENÍTEZ Senior Associate and GEORGE KUH Project Director, BEAMS Director, Center for Postsecondary (202) 861-8223 Research, NSSE, and BEAMS email@example.com (812) 856-5824 firstname.lastname@example.org Campuses Participating in BEAMS LACEY H. LEEGWATER Adams State University (2003) Heritage University (2004) Savannah State University (2003) Senior Program Manager, BEAMS JILLIAN KINZIE Albany State University (2005) Huston-Tillotson University (2004) Sojourner-Douglas College (2005) (202) 861-8223 x220 Associate Director, Center for Alcorn State University (2004) Institute of American Indian Arts (2005) Southern University and A&M College email@example.com Postsecondary Research and Baton Rouge (2005) Alliant International University (2004) Inter American University of Puerto NSSE Institute Barry University (2005) Rico-San Germán (2004) Spelman College (2003) MELISSA DEL RIOS (812) 856-1430 Benedict College (2004) Inter American University-Ponce Campus (2005) St. Mary’s University (2004) Program Associate, BEAMS firstname.lastname@example.org Bennett College (2005) Jackson State University (2003) St. Thomas University (2004) (202) 861-8223 x221 Bethune-Cookman College (2003) Jarvis Christian College (2004) Tennessee State University (2005) email@example.com Bowie State University (2004) Johnson C. Smith University (2005) Texas A & M International University (2003) California State University, Dominguez Hills (2003) Kentucky State University (2003) Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2003) California State University, Fresno (2003) Lane College (2005) Texas A&M University Kingsville (2005) California State University, Los Angeles (2003) LeMoyne-Owen College (2005) Universidad de Puerto Rico en Ponce (2004) California State University, Monterey Bay (2005) Lincoln University (PA) (2005) Universidad del Este (2004) California State University, Northridge (2004) Livingstone College (2005) University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (2005) California State University, San Bernardino (2003) Medgar Evers College, CUNY (2003) University of Houston-Downtown (2004) The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education was founded in 1999 by the California State University, Stanislaus (2003) Mercy College (2004) University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2004) American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the Hispanic Association Central State University (2003) Miles College (2005) University of New Mexico North Campus (2004) of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). The Alliance promotes greater Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (2005) Mississippi Valley State University (2004) University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (2003) collaboration and cooperation among colleges and universities that serve Chicago State University (2004) Morehouse College (2004) University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (2005) large numbers of students of color in order to enhance the nation’s economic Claﬂin University (2004) Morgan State University (2004) University of Puerto Rico at Utuado (2004) competitiveness, social stability, and cultural richness. The Institute for Higher Clark Atlanta University (2003) Morris College (2005) University of St. Thomas (2003) Education Policy, a Washington, DC-based research organization, serves as Colorado State University Pueblo (2003) New Jersey City University (2005) University of Texas at El Paso (2003) coordinator of the Alliance’s activities. Coppin State University (2005) New York City College of Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio (2003) CUNY (2004) University of Texas of the Permian Basin (2003) Delaware State University (2005) The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of Norfolk State University (2003) University of Texas-Pan American (2003) Dillard University (2004) quality in undergraduate education and provides information and assistance to North Carolina A & T University (2003) University of the District of Columbia (2004) Eastern New Mexico University (2005) colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning. Its North Carolina Central University (2005) Edward Waters College (2005) University of the Incarnate Word (2004) primary activity is annually surveying college students to assess the extent to Oakwood College (2003) Elizabeth City State University (2004) University of the Virgin Islands (2003) which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning Occidental College (2003) Fayetteville State University (2003) Virginia Union University (2004) and development. Oglala Lakota College (2005) Florida A&M University (2005) Voorhees College (2003) Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent Our Lady of the Lake University (2005) Western New Mexico University (2003) Florida International University (2004) foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access Philander Smith College (2005) Wiley College (2004) Florida Memorial University (2004) and success in education beyond high school. Through grants for research, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2005) Winston-Salem State University (2004) Fort Valley State University (2003) innovation, communication, and evaluation, as well as policy education and Pontiﬁcal Catholic University Woodbury University (2005) Harris-Stowe State University (2005) of Puerto Rico (2003) leadership development, Lumina Foundation addresses issues that affect access Haskell Indian Nations University (2003) Xavier University of Louisiana (2004) and educational attainment among all students, particularly underserved student Prairie View A & M University (2003) Herbert H. Lehman College (2004) York College, CUNY (2005) groups, including adult learners. For more details on the Foundation, visit its Saint Peter’s College (2004) website at www.luminafoundation.org. ECSU has beneﬁted immensely from BEAMS. Because of our participation in the Summer Academy and under the guidance Introduction to BEAMS of our BEAMS consultant, we are in the process of implementing Cross-Campus Collaboration a higher level of academic challenge and engagement for our BEAMS is a multi-year project that fosters data-driven BEAMS emphasizes collaboration among the campus teams students by focusing more attention on their critical thinking and because they gain many invaluable experiences and lessons campus change initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic- writing skills across the curriculum. from each other. Continued work among campuses provides serving, and Tribal colleges and universities in order to – Sherry B. Lewis, Coordinator, Academic Advisement and the necessary support for schools to generate ideas for change, Haskell’s involvement increase student engagement and learning. BEAMS project leader, Elizabeth City State University overcome obstacles, and draw strength from one another. In in the BEAMS Project order to facilitate this interaction the BEAMS project provides BEAMS serves more than 100 four-year institutions that are partners the ﬁnancial resources for various activities that support cross- has helped us focus on in the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education. Each campus makes campus and cohort collaborations, along with support from the level of academic a commitment to analyze the scope and character of their students’ project staff and consultants. challenge in our engagement in learning by participating in the National Survey of freshman year courses Student Engagement (NSSE) and implementing well-designed action plans to improve student engagement, learning, persistence, and Data-Driven Decision Making These activities include: as we strengthen success. Action plans are based on an institution’s NSSE data and The role of data in campus-based decision making is becoming increasingly critical for program Campus-to-campus visits give BEAMS team members generated at a team-based Summer Academy. BEAMS offers ﬁve assessment, accreditation, and public reporting on student learning at colleges and universities. from one campus an opportunity to visit another our curriculum. The resources to help campuses move toward their institutional goals: Therefore, a central goal of BEAMS is to help participating campuses build the capacity for BEAMS school to observe the structures and practices NSSE results served implemented there, participate in a campus-based meeting Data on student experiences from the NSSE; gathering and using data on student engagement to increase student learning and success as a valuable source at their institutions. NSSE provides participating campuses with their own baseline data on or conference, and exchange drafts of plans for feedback. of student opinions Action plans designed at the Summer Academy for initiatives to student engagement. Campuses are also encouraged to use and/or develop other campus data The Summer Academy presents campus teams with time enhance student engagement and learning; to supplement their understanding of issues highlighted through NSSE results. To assess the away from their home institution to brainstorm solutions to to assist us in our Collegial assistance to support action plans; effectiveness of interventions crafted as part of BEAMS work, campuses commit to a second project-related concerns, discuss common issues, and learn planning. NSSE administration following implementation of their plans. about best practices with other cohort teams. Web-based support throughout project participation; and Our BEAMS efforts have – Karen Gayton Swisher, President, Haskell Indian The BEAMS WebCenter provides teams the on-line reinvigorated the campus Nations University Opportunities to report nationally on campus initiatives and successes. Campus-Based Action Plans structure needed for numerous participants to share in ways that extend far success stories, report obstacles for feedback and support, Campuses administer NSSE at least twice during the project. Teams of Using NSSE data and other campus assessment resources, campuses send ﬁve-member teams beyond our new First Year and offer resources that are helpful to others through administrators, faculty, and students from BEAMS campuses attend a to the Summer Academy to craft action plans focused on increasing student success at their discussion forums, resource ﬁles, and chat opportunities. Experience Program. As Summer Academy in either 2004, 2005, or 2006 to generate action institution. The Summer Academy is a team-based, project-centered experience concentrating on plans based on NSSE data. Team members interact and disseminate undergraduate change initiatives that enhance student learning. Participating teams beneﬁt from: a direct result of BEAMS their learning throughout the project. related activities, CSU Strategic conversations and action planning; Dominguez Hills is well on BEAMS is a partnership between the Alliance for Equity in Higher Institutional and cross-institutional teamwork; Education and the National Survey of Student Engagement and is its way to becoming a true supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education. Consulting with national leaders in higher education; and learner centered institution. Tailored workshops and plenary sessions. It is safe to say that the BEAMS project is creating a At the Summer Academy, campus representatives meet as a team to craft a plan to address an issue highlighted by NSSE data. They also meet with teams from other BEAMS campuses unique retention and student that are doing similar work in order to learn from their colleagues and share their institution’s success model speciﬁcally experiences in increasing student success. A BEAMS consultant is paired with each team prior designed for CSUDH. to, during, and following the Summer Academy to provide feedback and guidance on crafting a – James E. Lyons, President, California realistic and sustainable change initiative. In addition, a number of sessions are offered during State University, Dominguez Hills the Summer Academy as complementary resources for the participating teams. The Summer Academy provides the time and an environment rich in ideas, examples, and conversations within which teams can make signiﬁcant progress on a strategic project.