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Evaluating HSI-STEM Grants' Success in the CSU

In 2011, seven CSU campuses were awarded over $35 million over a five-year period through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions—Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI-STEM) and articulation programs with the purpose of:

  • Increasing the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and

  • Developing model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $400,000 to CSULB to spearhead a research project that will determine the impact these grants have on student success. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEEE), established this year in the College of Education, will conduct the Summative Evaluation of HSI-STEM Implementation and Impact on Student Success in partnership with the Chancellor’s Office and Channel Islands, Fullerton, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Bakersfield, and Stanislaus campuses. CEEE leaders Avery Olson, Don Haviland, Alejandra Priede, and Anna Ortiz will provide the necessary direction for this year-long research endeavor.

This is the first attempt to take a comprehensive look at the outcomes and impact of these high-profile programs nationally. The evaluation will provide a foundation for future studies of this kind. The concentration of seven individual projects in a single higher education system that serves underrepresented and underserved populations presents a unique opportunity to examine program implementation and program impact on student learning and success. Results of this evaluation are expected to inform the national conversation on effective practices for increasing the number of Hispanics and Latinos in STEM fields.

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