ACCEYSS Research Group
The ACCEYSS Network and Model project, an NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot, at Texas State University is forming a university-community partnership between interdisciplinary researchers (ACCEYSS research team), faith leaders and other community partners to implement an innovative model that prepares underrepresented and underserved youth to pursue undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees.
The inaugural ACCEYSS network included Texas State University, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, San Marcos Youth Service Bureau, City of San Marcos-Office of the City Manager, Hays County Youth Initiative, the Calaboose African American History Museum, and several local faith-based organizations.
Many historic advancements have been made through the efforts and activities of faith and community leaders uniquely poised to motivate and galvanize community-based action. A collaboration among these academic institutions, social/cultural organizations, and faith partners to work with the families and youth of underrepresented/underserved populations will be an essential asset for generating new perspectives and ideas for improving STEM academic and career outcomes related to broadening participation in the scientific enterprise.
The ACCEYSS research team and network will:
Collaborate to design and develop the ACCEYSS model as a culturally relevant, blended-learning strategy integrating online and in-person STEM enrichment activities (e.g., summer institute, afterschool clubs) that are aligned with the Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas Dimensions of the K-12 Next Generation Science Education Standards.
Build diverse capacity, leverage asset-based community development, and sustain mutually reinforcing non-exclusive policies and practices for STEM diversity and inclusion using a collective impact framework.
Support middle and high school students' interest in and pursuit of STEM studies using a multifaceted design-based research approach.
Each year, the ACCEYSS Network convenes partners, community members, and tech industry to learn about STEM workforce needs in Central Texas/Greater San Marcos; resources available in the region; and share work conducted with community and faith-based partners to increase STEM access for underrepresented youth in the community.
In addition, the summit gave ACCEYSS partners, community members, and others a chance to learn the value of the ACCEYSS model and discuss opportunities to further support this effort.