Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Receives $2.3 Million U. S. Department Of Education Grant

KINGSVILLE - October 20, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Funding brings partnership with Del Mar College for engineering pipeline

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received a grant from the United States Department of Education under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The university and its partner institution, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, will receive a two-year $2.3 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant to develop services and strategies to enhance student success in engineering. The grants are awarded to develop and carry out activities to improve and expand institutional capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students.

The project will be housed at both A&M-Kingsville and Del Mar and directed by Dr. Dann Brown, dean of University College at A&M-Kingsville. “Both institutions are committed to the success of our students,” Brown said. “I look forward to partnering with Del Mar on this project. Helping students achieve the goal of obtaining a college degree from our Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering is going to be the priority of our work together.”

“This is an exciting time at Texas A&M-Kingsville and the timing of this award could not be better,” said Dr. Ronald Hy, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at A&M-Kingsville. “Our university has developed a strong working relationship with Del Mar College over the past few years through collaborations aimed at improving student success in University College and engineering. This project is a natural fit to what is becoming a seamless relationship between our two campuses and our faculty, staff and students.”

Initiatives addressed under this grant will work to enhance student success in engineering and technology and enhance teaching and learning in engineering and technology.

The first initiative has been designed with the goal of expanding student awareness of career opportunities through undergraduate research and streamlining of the transition from Del Mar to A&M-Kingsville. Providing academic advising and oversight to the transfer and articulation process are key elements of making each student’s transition successful, Brown said.

Supplemental instruction will be provided to help science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students overcome difficulties encountered in certain courses needed in their major. A STEM Success Pipeline living learning community will be established in the residence halls to provide additional support outside the classroom.

The second initiative will be brought about through course redesign and equipping intelligent classrooms. “To better serve today’s students and enhance teaching and learning at both institutions, new online and hybrid courses will be developed to serve STEM majors,” Brown said. “A faculty investment program based upon a faculty learning community concept will provide continuing professional education to Del Mar and A&M-Kingsville faculty with the goal of enhancing capacity and supporting student success.”

Officials at Del Mar and A&M-Kingsville hope the end result of these new programs will include increasing the number of community college students transferring to A&M-Kingsville’s engineering programs and graduating with degrees in two to three years. Another goal is to provide students opportunities to engage in undergraduate research with in the Dotterweich College of Engineering, working with faculty mentors on real-world applications of engineering concepts and principles.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions are non-profit institutions with as least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent enrollment. This fall, approximately 62 percent of A&M-Kingsville’s student population is Hispanic. Del Mar, previously named one of the nation’s Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, is recognized as one of the nation’s leading community colleges. Both Del Mar and A&M-Kingsville have been recipients of past federal awards for their work with under-represented groups and under-prepared students.

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