Texas A&M University-Kingsville



PROJECT ABSTRACT: HSI STEM and Articulation Grant

Texas A&M University—Kingsville

Hispanic Education Advising Remediation Teaching: HEART

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) is an HSI located in South Texas, with 74% Hispanic students. In 2018-2019, 60% of undergraduates were Pell-eligible. Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) data indicates that for the 2012-2014 first-time-in-college (FTIC) cohorts, the 6-year graduation rate of Hispanic students at TAMUK lagged behind those of white students by 7.94%. The overall 6-year graduation rate for those cohorts was low, at 37.3% (2012), 39.3% (2013), and 44.7% (2014). These numbers indicate the need for targeted enhancements aimed at faculty and wrap-around services for students to help eliminate equity gaps to increase the numbers of successful Hispanic and low-income students in STEM.

The premise of the HEART project design is that the success of Hispanic and low-income STEM students will be achieved by providing wrap-around support services and pedagogical training for faculty members aimed at leveraging the strengths of our students to improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates. This project is composed of three main goals:

Goal 1 will enhance intrusive advising, tutoring, and mentoring for Hispanic and low-income STEM students, with the aim of improving retention, persistence, and graduation rates. The project will include students in 12 majors in which the retention rates fall below the national average, providing students with success coaching, peer support, enhanced tutoring, and career counseling in one location.

Goal 2 will focus on enhancing, developing, and revising STEM articulation agreements with community colleges.  The project will create cooperative advising with junior colleges, identify learning challenges of transfer students to create targeted tutoring, provide tutoring virtually to junior college students, and place transfers in a specialized peer support group.

Goal 3 will provide High Impact Practice faculty professional learning opportunities that will enable them to embed pedagogical strategies in their STEM courses. The STEM Faculty Fellow Institute will provide enhanced services in the faculty innovation lab. The goals and proposed activities directly align with the university mission and strategic plan and the absolute priority for the HSI STEM and Articulation Project competition. Study to be used: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/pdf/REL_2018279.pdf

Competitive Preference Priority 1 will be addressed by:

  • Career exploration services enable students to create a flexible and affordable career path, including internships and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Faculty utilizing HIPS to enhance experiential learning, undergraduate research

Competitive Preference Priority 2 will be addressed by:

  • Targeted and enhanced academic success coaching to guide students to resources and help them identify their strengths.
  • Enhanced tutoring, strengthened by communication between tutors and faculty members.
  • General study skill tutoring offered by peer mentors.
  • Peer support groups to increase a sense of belonging.
  • Targeted tutoring aimed at specific needs of community college students.
  • Create STEM HIP innovative and customized quality courses.