CSUCI receives $1.2 million grant to continue building STEM pathways to college

CSU Chanel Islands News

Oct. 18, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) $1,204,632 million in continued support of Project PROMESAS (Pathways with Regional Outreach and Mathematics Excellence for Student Achievement in STEM).PROMESAS is a multi-pronged project designed to improve the academic success of students in STEM (science technology, engineering, math) as well as to keep them in school, and to help them finish and earn their diplomas on time.The program is also designed to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students who pursue degrees in a STEM field and for two-year and four-year Hispanic-Serving Institutions (like CSUCI) to work together to develop strategies to help these students.“The whole goal is to create a seamless pathway for STEM students to progress from high school to college or from community college to CSUCI,” explained Interim Director of STEM Initiatives Phil Hampton, Ph.D. “For example, a lot of community colleges build transfer AA degrees to help students transfer to the University, but there are still gaps we need to work on.”Hampton was one of three authors of the grant, which was led by Associate Vice Provost for Student Success & Community Engagement Amanda Quintero, Ph.D., and Professor of Mathematics Cynthia Wyels, Ph.D. was the other author.PROMESAS Director Araceli Espinoza-Wade, Ph.D., explained that this is the third year of the five-year grant, which was for $6 million total, and a lot has been accomplished in the past two years.“What we’re really trying to promote is a university-going culture,” Espinoza-Wade said. “To show what a four-year degree is as opposed to a two-year degree. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a two-year degree, but we’re trying to demystify the process of what it means to go directly to a four-year institution so STEM students are aware of all their options.”Espinoza-Wade said …

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