Public Affairs

Making Strides in STEM Education

Oct. 6, 2011
By Elizabeth Chapin

Seven California State University campuses that have been recognized as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) will receive more than $35 million from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years to expand and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The campuses—Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge, and Stanislaus—are among the CSU’s 14 HSIs, campuses with an undergraduate Hispanic student enrollment of at least 25 percent.

The federal government designated about $107.4 million this year for the grants—which are given through the Department of Education’s HSI STEM and Articulation Programs. The money is used to support the development of articulation between two and four year institutions and enhance STEM programs at the campuses.

Grant money to CSUs will fund scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, the construction or renovation of facilities, purchasing educational materials, academic tutoring or counseling programs, teacher education, and student support services.

Funding awarded to 34 California Community Colleges, which received about a third of the $107.4 million allotment, will also impact CSUs indirectly as it will serve to better prepare Hispanic and low-income students transferring into CSU STEM programs.