The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded Sam Houston State University $150,000 to assist with the recruitment and retention of students for two academic programs in which minority students have been historically underrepresented.
The Collegiate Hispanic and African American Mentoring Program, known as CHAAMP, will target first-generation students in the two ethnic groups who are preparing for application to the Master of Science degree in dietetics and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The CHAAMP program begins on Sept. 1.
During the 2012-13 academic year, only 17 percent of the 80 students who were admitted to SHSU’s nursing program were African American and Hispanic. Of the 10 students who were admitted to the dietetics program in fall 2013, only two students were African American or Hispanic.