Xavier University of Louisiana Named as Partner in 100Kin10, National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force
New Orleans LA (Feb 5, 2014) – Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) has been accepted as a partner in 100Kin10, a multi‐sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.
Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) nationally in the collaboration.
As part of its commitment to 100Kin10, Xavier will provide hands‐on professional development for 225 STEM teachers (including elementary) through workshops and site‐visits led by STEM professionals, with activities that are culturally sensitive to the community and students with special needs.
In addition, the University will also prepare 110 teachers (50% will be elementary) who will be trained to work with students in urban high needs schools and districts, highly knowledgeable in STEM content areas, and culturally sensitive to special needs of the inner‐city community.
“Xavier is delighted to have been selected to join this elite group of organizations and foundations committed to training 100,000 STEM teachers over the next ten years,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “STEM literacy and the importance of ensuring that our nation is fully prepared to address the current STEM teacher shortage is a national priority and one that we at Xavier stand ready to address.”
“We especially look forward to collaborating with the growing number of more than 150 partners currently in the network in order that we can share our own STEM successes while learning new and innovative practices and concepts that will help ensure America’s leadership in this critical area,” he said.
More and better‐trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students – not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools— must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. Xavier is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high‐quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.
With 65 percent of its incoming freshmen focusing on a STEM discipline, XULA has perfected the model in successfully guiding and educating minority STEM students. The university’s success has been well‐documented. According to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2011 Xavier was the top producer of African‐American students who earned medical degrees – besting the nation’s most prestigious schools including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Sixty of its alumni graduated from medical schools across the country compared to 22 Harvard graduates, 21 Yale graduates and 20 Stanford graduates.
According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the university is first in the nation in awarding African‐Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences. The university is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. The National Science Foundation ranks XULA ninth on its list of schools whose minority alumni complete a PhD. Xavier is also one of the nation's top producers of African‐American Doctor of