Finding Fit: Students Support Needs Scale for Minority STEM Learners

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn roles that school psychologists have in evaluating underrepresented minority STEM students’ learning support needs.
  2. learn what areas to assess for supporting needs relevant to underrepresented minority STEM students.
  3. learn how to apply theory and context to assess underrepresented minority STEM student needs.
  4. learn about unique needs related to providing student needs assessments for URMs, especially at HBCUs.
  5. learn how to use databased decision-making to appraise and contextualize rating scale results.


This study examined the factor structure of the Student Support Needs Scale - Augmented (SSNS-A) for underrepresented minority STEM students. The participants were primarily Black/African American first year STEM students at a Historically Black University (N = 384; Mage = 18.25 years). It was fond that a bifactor model best fit the data. However, factor loadings, post-hoc adjustments, and the potential for unidimensionality indicate the possible needs rethink how underrepresented minority STEM students’ needs are conceptualized.



Thomas J. Gross, Western Kentucky University
Catherine E. Hines, Western Kentucky University
Qingxia Li, PhD, Fisk University


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