AIHEC and NSF offer STEM opportunities to TCUs

Apr 29th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) has teamed up with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the AIHEC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Student Success Collaborative Project. Geared specifically for tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), the program will offer up to six awards of $23,000 to successful applicants.

According to AIHEC, the project aims to increase the use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices associated with the problem-based learning model. Further, the program will establish a multi-campus team of STEM faculty and academic administrators focused on incorporating culturally and community relevant problem-based learning into the colleges’ STEM programs. AIHEC and NSF hope that the results will be improved student learning, an increased number of students choosing STEM majors at TCUs, improved retention rates in the first two years of undergraduate study, and increased graduation rates for all STEM majors.

TCU faculty who seek to participate in the program will incorporate problem-based learning into their courses. TCUs will also work closely with AIHEC to develop and implement a culturally responsive strategy that incorporates elements of the organization’s Indigenous Evaluation Framework. Colleges are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary themes such as sustainability, climate change, or traditional ecological knowledge that could provide project ideas for students in a wide range of courses and disciplines.

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