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Metropolitan State University of Denver

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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, former 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, Fall 2018, our Hispanic student enrollment stands at  28.4%.

The Physics Department has instituted a BA 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 21% African-American and 56% Hispanic.  The Aurora Public Schools (30 minutes away) has a student population which is 55% Hispanic and 19% 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.

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.