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P031S090058

Union County College, NJ

(New Jersey City University), NJ

Grant Type:  Cooperative Development Grant

ABSTRACT

Union County College (UCC) is the lead institution in the Title V Cooperative project in partnership with New Jersey City University.  Through the project--Improving the Pipeline in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education--Union County College seeks to increase the number and the academic success of Hispanic and other low-income students who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teacher education majors while developing a strong model of transfer and articulation in higher education.  Union County College and New Jersey City University seek to address the lack of Latino student success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.  The project responds to the following needs:

Low numbers of low-income and underrepresented students enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teacher education majors;

The need for alignment of courses, seamless articulation, and strong advisement to increase the rate and the success of students transferring to four-year institutions for science, math and education programs, eliminating needless repetition of courses or the taking of extra courses; and

Poor performance in science and mathematics by low-income and underrepresented students which leads to low retention rates among Hispanic and other low-income students, with alarmingly low numbers of students graduating with science and education degrees.  

Over the life of the grant, the project will consist of two primary activities:  

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Activity 1 will improve transfer options and experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Teacher Education through the following:  (1) Development of model articulation and transfer agreements to align academic programs and courses for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Teacher Education from two-year to four-year colleges; (2) Improved career pathway counseling and information strategies; and (3) Expanded distance learning opportunities.  

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Activity 2 will improve academic achievement through (1) Comprehensive Faculty Professional Development in Science, Mathematics, and Teacher Education Pedagogy; (2) Expanded and updated learning resources, lab materials and technology equipment; and (3) Increased student support through individualized tutoring and Web-based support modules for math.  

The overarching goal of the project is to increase Union County College’s institutional capacity to serve the needs of Hispanic and other low-income students.

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