GATEWAY & GAUSS: PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION FOR CAREERS IN STEM
TITLE V STEM GRANTS AT GCC
WHAT IS TITLE V?
Title V is a 1998 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Through Title V, the U.S. Department of Education offers five-year grants to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. The foremost purpose of Title V is to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students and enable them in greater numbers to attain postsecondary degrees.
WHAT is a “HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTION (HSI)?”
An HSI is an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25% Hispanic.
WHAT IS A TITLE V “STEM” GRANT?
“STEM” is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Title V STEM grants pursue the overall mission of Title V but have three additional objectives: (1) increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income students earning degrees and achieving careers in STEM fields; (2) enabling data-based decision making in projects designed to improve postsecondary student outcomes; and (3) developing transfer and articulation agreements between community colleges and university partners in STEM.
Grants Awarded: Title V STEM
Number of Grants: 2*
Duration: Oct. 1, 2011 - Sept. 30, 2016
* GCC is also a partner in a third Title V STEM grant, awarded to California State University-Northridge in October 2011. See http://www.glendale.edu/AIMSTEM for more information.
GATEWAY & GAUSS | A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GATEWAY & GAUSS?
Gateway focuses on the areas of Basic Skills and ESL, creating links among disciplines and student service areas on campus. GAUSS works with transfer level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses. Both grants are funded by the federal government under Title V.
WHAT'S THE CONNECTION?
Many students need to complete basic skills courses before they can take transfer level STEM courses.
OVERVIEW: Opening the Gateway to STEM Degrees for Hispanic and Other Underprepared Students.
STRUCTURE: “Solo” grant with focus on institutional development within the recipient institution.
PURPOSE: To promote the development of a comprehensive, holistic basic skills program at GCC by strengthening linkages among curriculum, ancillary instruction, and student services.
Gateway strives to facilitate students’ progress from developmental to transfer courses and ultimately to degrees in STEM.
OVERVIEW: Building a More Responsive STEM Success Environment at Glendale Community College for Underserved Hispanic and Low-Income Students.
NAME: “GAUSS” honors 19th-century mathematician and scientist Carl Friedrich Gauss. The name is also an acronym for “GCC’s Articulation with Universities for STEM success.”
STRUCTURE: “Co-op” grant; requires collaboration between recipient institution and one or more partners (universities and high schools) to achieve objectives.
PURPOSE: Seeks to expand and enhance experiential learning environments in STEM that will attract minority and low-income students, engage students in hands-on learning, demonstrate relevance of course content, create community, provide support, motivate persistence, ensure transfer, and define and illuminate pathways to STEM degrees and careers.