CSUMB to use STEM award toward improving retention and graduation rates

September 28, 2016

CSUMB selected to receive $5.6M STEM grant under the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

SEASIDE, Ca., Sept. 28, 2016 -- California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) has been selected to receive funding under the Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (STEM) Program in the amount of $5,622,466. The award, expected to span over a total of five years, will be used to improve CSUMB’s capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students.

“CSUMB greatly appreciates Rep. Sam Farr's continued leadership on education issues. We share his belief in the importance of opening up opportunities in the STEM fields to the broadest cross-section of students,” said CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa.“These funds will augment our efforts and will make a difference to students and to institutions of higher education all along the Central Coast.”

The funding comes at a time when CSUMB, in conjunction with 44 campuses nationwide, joins the Association of American State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Reimagining the First Year of College project, which will work in concert with this HSI-STEM grant. The award supports CSUMB’s commitment to increasing retention and graduation of Hispanic and low-income students in STEM by supporting a suite of high-impact educational practices to include first-year seminars, common intellectual experiences, learning communities and undergraduate research.