Since 1998, the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) Programs has provided evaluation capacity building activities and research resources for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Program. Activities include:

  • Developing an evaluation framework with the AGEP community to examine institutional and departmental changes, including changes in policies, practices, and programs related to graduate student recruitment, admissions and selection, academic support, progression to the PhD, and faculty mentoring.
  • Periodically collecting and analyzing multi-year graduate student data, in partnership with staff from Campbell-Kibler Associates Inc, to examine the progress of AGEP awardees as related to recruitment, retention, PhD completion and post-PhD employment of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in STEM fields.
  • Conducting literature searches and providing updates on research on African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in STEM.
  • Organizing annual professional development meetings, workshops, and symposia for the AGEP leadership, including provosts, graduate deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff. The AGEP Program includes 22 alliances of doctoral degree granting institutions and their partners. Eighty-two (82) doctoral degree granting institutions are involved in one or more alliances.

In addition, EHR staff work with the NSF AGEP Program Director to organize site visits and reverse site visits.