Sidebar: MINORITY SCIENCE EDUCATION RESOURCESResearchers, educators, and government officials involved in the effort to increase representation of ethnic and racial minorities in science, mathematics, and engineering are encouraged by the comprehensive and business-like approaches of several projects that have been instituted in the last few years. They say this despite being critical of the majority of such programs because of a lack of effectiveness and accountability.
"Taken as a whole, I would give the enterprise an average grade," comments Luther Williams, assistant director for education and human resources at the National Science Foundation. "That's because a small group [of programs] that are really quite effective are diluted by a large pool that are not quite as effective. But I'm really quite encouraged because, in the last five or six years, most supporters of these programs have moved to a higher level of accountability." Williams is referring to...
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