Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA)
The MESA Vision
To support the national science and mathematics educational agenda by ensuring that MESA students develop a high level of literacy in mathematics and science so they can play a leading role within an increasingly technology-based world.
Utah's MESA program began twenty years ago, as a partnership between the University of Utah and the Granite School District. At that time, there was a group of 52 students in the start-up program. Since then, MESA has grown to include 17 school districts and charter schools.
Utah Constitution, Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Utah State Board of Education, Section 53A-4-205, authorizes the MESA program.
The USOE provides Leadership of the MESA program; MESA is a public education program holding membership in a consortium. Consortium members represent public education, industry, higher education, and the community. Utah State Office of Education Rule R277-717 – Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement.
- To increase the number of underserved ethnic minority and female students who pursue coursework, advanced study and possible careers in mathematics, engineering, and science areas.
- To provide a program and activities designed to motivate underserved ethnic minority and female students to take better advantage of all existing educational opportunities.
- To facilitate an increase in high school graduation rates of MESA-involved students.
- To strengthen the confidence of underserved ethnic minority and female students relating to their success in the mathematics and science courses, and to provide them with skills and opportunities to become successful role models for other students.
- To provide underserved ethnic minority and female students the opportunity to relate and associate with successful role models.
- To coordinate the efforts of public schools, college and universities, the Utah State Office of Education, industries, professional and community groups and others in the development and maintenance of academic support programs to increase the participation of underserved ethnic minority and female students in academic and career pursuits of mathematics and science.
- To provide more information about MESA opportunities and participation criteria to parents of minority students and to actively involve minority students’ parents in school activities and programs.
For questions regarding Utah's MESA program, contact:
Education Specialist, ELL, MESA, and At-Risk Students
Phone: (801) 538-7945 | jeffrey[dot]ojeda[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)