Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Heart

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This is a Title III HSI STEM and Articulation Grant, entitled HEART: Hispanic Education Advising Remediation Teaching. The grant period runs through September 30, 2026. The grant aims to provide wrap-around student services, augmented by pedagogical training for faculty in High Impact Practices aimed at supporting Hispanic and low-income students—including transfers—in 12 STEM majors where retention rates fell below the pre-COVID Fall 2019 average of 79.1%. The grant will expand embedded tutoring in STEM classes where the DFQ rate exceeded 20% even before the pandemic. Students participating in the grant will have access to success and career coaching as well as study skill sessions and peer support group activities. Faculty members will have the opportunities to learn new teaching strategies and incorporate new technology into their teaching and laboratory spaces. All services will focus on helping students identify their strengths and building their growth mindset. Taken together, the activities supported by this grant encompass improving student success both with student support services and faculty supports. This grant will help improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates, meeting the new strategic plan's goals and contributing to the growth of the Hispanic middle class in South Texas.

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