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Member InstitutionMember Institution Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Jeff Loats
Richard Krantz

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In 2007, with a challenge from the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State College of Denver, now Metropolitan State University of Denver, President Stephen Jordan charged a volunteer Task Force of some 60 staff, administrators, and faculty to deliver recommendations to double our Fall 2007 Latino student enrollment from 13.2% to 25% within 10 years, thereby becoming an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).  Presently, our Hispanic student enrollment stands at  19.5%.

We are designing a BA/BS in Physics Education and want to recruit high school students from the 7 county Denver metropolitan area.  These counties have large minority populations and are within commuting distance of MSU Denver.  For example, the Denver School for Science and Technology in Green Valley Ranch (30-40 minutes away) has a student population which is 30% African-American and 49% Hispanic.  The Aurora Public Schools (30 minutes away) has a student population which is 55% Hispanic and 18% African American.

Outreach to, and recruitment of, these minority populations is imperative and is in keeping with the university’s goal of becoming an HSI, as well as supporting the APS's “Minorities in Physics” initiative.

In the next 3 years MSU Denver expects to build a new Aerospace, Engineering, and Sciences building which will house the Physics Department.  We will have new facilities and with the help of PhysTEC we want to recruit students from the 7 county area to become physics teachers.  Also, because we have a relatively small physics department we expect the recruitment of students from the 7 county Denver area to boost enrollment in our program.