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Academic Program Grants Awarded

Academic Program Grants Awarded



Brief Summary of United States Department of Education (USDE) Educational Program Grants



New Mexico Tech has been awarded 3 of 3 educational grants proposed by the Office of Academic Affairs since 2009 for a total of nearly $10 and a half million ($10,469,163) in awards. All three grants are designed to increase enrollment, retention rate, and completion rate of Hispanic and low-income students

Faculty and students who wish to be involved can click on the Project Director link below for each grant. 


In 2009-- PPOHA: Providing Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans

 

2.8 million over 5 years
Project Director: Christy Neill
Website: PPOHA Website

The 2009 PPOHA, the year NMT was funded, was the first ever Department of Ed grant awarded for graduate programs. Major components include: 10 Graduate-level Learning Communities/Linked Courses, Communication across the Curriculum, ESL Services/Programs, Peer Mentoring Program– grads to undergrads, 7 Smart Classrooms, 14 Graduate-level Learning Spaces, 14 Graduate-level Study Groups, Graduate-level Forms and Processes Automated – Banner Workflow, MST Advisor Training, Faculty Instructional Technology Training.



In 2010 -- SES: A Model for Improving Student Engagement and Success

3.2 million over 5 years
Project Director: Lisa Majkowski 
Website: Student Engagement and Success 

Awarded in 2010, the SES grant is dedicated to ensuring success of the freshman entering higher education at NMT. Major components include: reviving the Center for Innovative Learning, 10 Smart Classrooms, 5 Themed Living/Learning Communities with 5 Learning Labs in Residence Halls.



In 2011--  HSI–STEM: Entryway to Engineering Success (Possible through SAFRA Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act)

4.3 million over 5 years
Project Director: Brian Borchers  

Website: HSI-STEM

Awarded September 19, 2011, this project is designed to increase the attainment of STEM degrees by Hispanic and low-income students in New Mexico, whether freshman or transfer. Major components are: 2+2 (3) Articulation with NMMI, NMJC, and NMSU Grants, Engineering Education, 5 Smart Classrooms, Technology updates for the Banner Training Room, and Student Success Center Summer Math Masters Program, including distance education delivery to community colleges.



22 Smart Classrooms total provided by 3 grants.




SCOPE OF USDE GRANTS



All grants are designed to increase enrollment, retention rate, and completion rate of Hispanic and low-income students. This goal is achieved through the following:

PPOHA: Providing Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans

The PPOHA Title V Grant is a USDE-funded grant dedicated to enhancing the institutional environment for graduate students. The 2009 PPOHA, the year NMT was funded, was the first ever Department of Ed grant awarded for graduate programs. The scope of NMT’s PPOHA includes three priorities: updating technologies, redesigning curricula, and developing a Center for Graduate Studies. Each of these priorities houses specific activities and/or programs which benefit the graduate student body.



SES: A Model for Improving Student Engagement and Success

The SES Title V Grant is a USDE-funded grant awarded in 2010. The SES grant is dedicated to ensuring success of the freshman entering higher education at NMT. The scope of SES consists of two priorities: updating technologies and curriculum redesign. Each of these priorities houses specific activities and/or programs which benefit the student body.

HSI - STEM: Entryway to Engineering Success

The HSI-STEM Title V Grant is a USDE-funded grant which is dedicated primarily to the successful transfer of students coming in from two-year institutions. The scope of NMT’s HSI – STEM consists of three priorities: updating technologies, redesigning Engineering and Mathematics curricula, and articulation with three designated two-year institutions. Each of these priorities houses specific activities and/or programs which benefit the student body.

 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF EACH GRANT


PPOHA

 

  • Career Outreach to NMT students and other colleges and universities
  • MST Advisor Training
  • Faculty Instructional Technology Training
  • 10 Graduate-level Learning Communities/Linked Courses
  • Writing and Critical Reading Workshops
  • Writing and Communication across the Curriculum
  • ESL Services/Programs
  • Peer Mentoring Program– grads to undergrads
  • 7 Smart Classrooms
  • 14 Graduate-level Learning Spaces
  • 14 Graduate-level Study Groups
  • Graduate-level Forms and Processes Automated – Banner Workflow


SES

  • Revive and Equip the CITL: Center for Innovative Learning
  • 5 Themed Living/Learning Communities
  • Summer Seminars for Faculty on Pedagogy, Instructional Technology, and Learning Communities
  • 5 Learning Labs in Residence Halls
  • 10 Smart Classrooms


HSI-STEM

  • 5 Smart Classrooms
  • Technology updates for the Banner Training Room and Student Success Center
  • Summer Math Masters Program, including distance education delivery to community colleges
  • Redesign First-Year and Capstone Engineering Courses
  • Engineering Success Lab
  • Collaborative Technology Student Commons
  • Virtual Student Success Center
  • Faculty Development Seminars in Minority Education
  • Update data systems with new Banner modules focused on retention
  • 2+2 (3) Articulation with NMMI, NMJC, and NMSU Grants

 

PROGRAMS TO BE INSTITUTIONALIZED


PPOHA

 

  • Peer Mentoring
  • ESL Services
  • Graduate-level Linked Courses
  • Graduate-level Study Groups
  • Writing and Communication across the Curriculum
  • Writing and Critical Reading Workshops


SES

  • Themed Living/Learning Communities


HSI-STEM

  • Summer Math Master’s Program
  • Virtual Student Success Center

 

STAFF POSITIONS TO BE INSTITUTIONALIZED
  • Coordinator for the Center for Graduate Studies
  • ESL Specialist/Assistant Professor
  • CLASS Banner Specialist
  • Living/Learning Communities Specialist
  • Faculty Development Specialist
  • Engineering Education Specialist
  • Math Specialist

 

TOTAL AMOUNT FOR USDE GRANTS


PPOHA             $2,873,017
SES                   $3,249,196
HSI – STEM     $4,346,950

TOTAL              $10,469,163

 



SCOPE OF USDE GRANTS

All grants are designed to increase enrollment, retention rate, and completion rate of Hispanic and low-income students. The scope of these grants is to update technologies through smart classrooms and technological collaboration areas, update curricula in various departments, and develop support systems for all levels of students from freshmen to transfer students to graduate students. These support systems include Learning Communities, Peer Mentors, Tutors, and other programs being developed through the grants’ initiatives.

SHARED RESOURCES

By leveraging the three grants off of each other, NMT is able to consolidate institutional resources and more effectively utilize the USDE resources. Some shared resources include personnel, project time and effort on policy and procedure, internal controls, linked projects, and program oversight.

WHERE THE THREE GRANTS CAN WORK TOGETHER

  • Shared oversight and administration committee
  • Shared personnel from PPOHA, SES, and HSI-STEM (Banner Specialist and Instructional Technology Specialist)
  • Shared tutors from SES and HSI-STEM housed in Center for Student Success
  • SES Learning Coaches to coach HSI-STEM incoming freshman
  • PPOHA Peer Mentors to mentor HSI-STEM transfer students
  • Shared Advisor Training HSI-STEM and PPOHA
  • Shared Faculty Development and Training PPOHA, SES, HSI-STEM – CITL
  • Shared selection on Smart technologies PPOHA, SES, HSI-STEM


TOTAL AMOUNT FOR USDE GRANTS

PPOHA              $2,873,017
SES                     $3,249,196
HSI – STEM       $4,346,950

TOTAL               $10,469,163