Funding Opportunity for Undergraduate STEM Education in the Computer/Information Sciences

Through a generous $4.9 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, AAC&U has launched its newest STEM initiative, TIDES: Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM.

This initiative invites proposals from institutions of higher education (particularly predominantly undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges) to implement curriculum and faculty professional development activities, and develop models for broader institutional change to advance evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields.

The overall goal of this three-year initiative is to increase the learning outcomes and retention of students historically underrepresented in the computer/information sciences and related STEM disciplines. The project will work to:

  • Develop and implement curricula that will enhance underrepresented STEM student interest, competencies, and retention rates; and
  • Empower STEM faculty to adopt culturally sensitive pedagogies and sustain the necessary changes in practice required for relevant and inclusive STEM teaching.

AAC&U is dedicated to promoting high-quality learning, accelerating broad-scale systemic innovation to advance diversity, and advancing inquiry across all liberal arts and sciences disciplines. In its recently expanded mission, AAC&U also seeks to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. This STEM initiative is integrally connected to all of these important elements of higher education reform, and is designed to build capacity in higher education to achieve these goals and to create a national community of faculty leaders committed to and effective in developing supportive and empowering environments for students traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

Further information on submitting an application for this initiative is available here. A letter of intent is due on January 10, 2014. Full proposals are due on February 18, 2014




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