“STEMatics” is Bergen Community College’s $5.3 million Hispanic-Serving Institution Science, Technology, Engineering and Math grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help students succeed in the STEM fields.
Strengthen Learning Engagement of 2,500+ STEM students (cohorts and beneficiaries) annually; 20% or 2,000 first-time full-time degree seeking STEM students, especially at-risk low-income and/or Hispanic students (30% or 600) during the five year grant period.
Strategy 1: To Engage Students through Active Advising, Learning & Culturally Sensitive Teaching
- Testing Supplemental Instruction in Gatekeeper Courses (Randomized Controlled Trial).
- Implement Intensive Academic, Transfer & Career Advising.
- Professional Development for Culturally Sensitive Teaching Enhancements of the STEM curriculum to target the needs of a culturally diverse student population.
- SI will be expanded to include the online platform, allowing access to students with limited on-campus interaction.
Broaden the role of 20 four-year and industry partners, as well as government agencies, to become joint stewards of student success.
Strategy 2: To Expand the Campus’ Reach Into the Hispanic, Corporate, and Higher Education Communities.
- Development of a STEM Student Scholars Program in partnership with 4-year colleges and industry through the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.
- Introduction of Engineering Design courses to streamline Engineering student transfer.
- Utilize the STEM C2 Research Summit as a platform to showcase Hispanic STEM student talent and Industry Representatives.
Equip STEM students with the financial empowerment necessary to persist through degree completion.
Strategy 3: To Mitigate Financial Burdens
- Development of Dual Admissions Agreements with four- year colleges and universities.
- Utilization of Open Education Resources (OER) to adopt free vetted on-line textbooks.
- Introduction of financial aid and literacy counseling.
- Free Accuplacer preparation (EdReady) and Gateway course boot-camps.
For more information on how you can get involved in these projects, contact Luis DeAbreu at [email protected] or visit the new STEM Learning Center in room S315.