For Immediate Release

Contact:
Debra Humphreys
Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement
202.387.3760 ext. 422
humphreys@aacu.org
Kelly Mack
Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope
202.387.3760, ext. 804

Twenty Institutions Selected to Participate in New Initiative, “Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM” (TIDES)

Grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to AAC&U Provides up to $300,000 for Faculty and Curriculum Development to 14 Institutions over the Next Three Years
Jun 19, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 20 institutions selected for the AAC&U initiative called TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities for these campuses to develop models for broader institutional change for the advancement of evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), particularly in the computer and information science domains.

Of the 20 institutions selected, 14 are full awardees, five received honorable mentions, and one institution is designated as noteworthy. The 14 full awardees will each receive up to $300,000 for work completed over the next three years. The TIDES initiative is funded with a $4.9 million grant to AAC&U from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The following criteria were used for selection of the 20 TIDES schools:

  • High level of institutional readiness;
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustaining project activities;
  • Targeted focus on increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the undergraduate computer/information science disciplines; and
  • Innovation in linking computer/information sciences with other STEM and non-STEM courses.

“We are both inspired and excited to partner with this diverse set of institutions and our colleagues at the Helmsley Charitable Trust to revolutionize not only what we teach at the undergraduate level, but also how we teach STEM content to an increasingly diverse student population,” said Kelly Mack, AAC&U’s Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope.

Selected Institutions Include: 

Bryn Mawr College (PA)

 Awardee

California State University, Northridge (CA)

 Awardee

Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)

 Awardee

Fayetteville State University (NC)

 Awardee

Howard University (DC)

 Awardee

Lawrence Tech University (MI)

 Awardee

Montgomery College (MD)

 Awardee

Morgan State University (MD)

 Awardee

Salish Kootenai College (MT)

 Awardee

Smith College (MA)

 Awardee

University of Dayton (OH)

 Awardee

University of Puerto Rico-Humacao (PR)

 Awardee

Westminster College (UT)

 Awardee

Wright State University (OH)

 Awardee

Connecticut College (CT)

Honorable Mention

Knox College (IL)

Honorable Mention

Ohio Northern University (OH)

Honorable Mention

Pitzer College (CA)

Honorable Mention

Queens College CUNY (NY)

Honorable Mention

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

Noteworthy

“It is critically important for higher education to find ways to increase success in STEM fields for both women and all students from underserved communities,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “AAC&U is honored to have this opportunity to build on its historic commitment to equity and excellence through the TIDES initiative.”

The TIDES schools were selected via a two-tiered peer review process that included reviewers from a range of disciplines, both STEM and non-STEM.

Honorable mentions were noted by reviewers as having meritorious proposals. These institutions are invited to participate in the TIDES institutes to be held each year of the initiative period.

Over the next three years of the initiative, TIDES and its awardee institutions will:

  • Provide STEM faculty with opportunities to become proficient in incorporating culturally sensitive pedagogies into STEM courses
  • Develop interdisciplinary courses that include the computer/information science disciplines
  • Engage in course implementation that is grounded in evidence-based pedagogies that are culturally sensitive

See www.aacu.org/pkal/tides/ for more information about the TIDES project.