CSU STEM Collaboratives

California State University, Dominguez Hills – First Year Undergraduate STEM Experience (FUSE)

Through the First-Year Undergraduate STEM Experience (FUSE), CSUDH is expanding and integrating its support for STEM majors and therefore expects to improve retention of students. FUSE brings together STEM faculty with administration and key staff in student affairs.

FUSE provides a holistic, immersive experience in STEM, beginning when students are recruited to STEM majors, and leading to an energized cohort of students who become integrated into the campus and persist into their second year on track for graduation into a STEM career. FUSE includes STEM 0, an introductory summer STEM experience, CS 0 and MAT X, intensive bridge courses designed to build students' preparation for their first college-level STEM course, Peer Leaders, who provide support and mentoring in the summer and through the year, community-building cohort events, and active learning in key gateway courses. FUSE builds on existing supports for students including Summer Bridge coupled with Early Start Math, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, new student and parent orientations, the Toro Learning Center, and a campus initiative to strengthen advising. Through FUSE, CSUDH believes that STEM students will gain a sense of belonging to the campus, an affinity for the STEM disciplines, and a mindset for success, and that they will have robust support in and out of the classroom, including engaging instruction, appropriate advising, tutoring, and mentoring, and that this initiative will significantly improve student success.

Summer Experience 2015