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PATHS

Proactive Approaches for Training in Hispanics in STEM (PATHS)

The "Proactive Approaches for Training in Hispanics in STEM" (PATHS) grant is a nearly $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant is also in recognition of CSUSB’s work as one of the leading HSIs (Hispanic Serving Institutions) in the country, having earned that distinction in 1994 and every year since. CSUSB has a Hispanic undergraduate full-time student enrollment of 66 percent as of fall 2020.

The grant will strengthen our college’s efforts to decrease equity gaps among our students, retain students in STEM, increase graduation rates, and prepare our graduates for graduate and professional schools through proactive advising, individual development plans, expanded support systems, and access to valuable undergraduate research and learning assistant experiences.

College of Natural Sciences Dean Sastry G. Pantula serves as the grant's principal investigator, along with the following co-investigators: David Maynard (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry), Guillermo Escalante (Department of Kinesiology), Carol Hood (Department of Physics), and Khalil Dajani (School of Computer Science and Engineering).

 

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N0JlzAsttfU?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0">Watch CSUSB CNS Grant Increase Hispanics in STEM YouTube Video</a>

 

The priorities of PATHS are the following:

1. Increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income student who attain degrees in STEM fields.
• Science Success Center
• Science Buddies
• Alternative Degrees
• Learning Assistants
• REU (Research Experience Undergraduate)
• Internships

STEM major in the College of Natural Sciences


 

2. Create model transfer and articulation agreements with community colleges
• Articulation agreements
• Summer Early Start Bridge Program
• Workshops at community colleges
• Bringing community college students to campus for lab visits
• Science Success Center STEM counselors presence at community colleges

STEM major in the College of Natural Sciences

 

Competitive Preference Priority 1
(Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills)
• Science Success Center
• Science Buddies
• Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and other professional societies
• Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
• Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
• Internships
• Career panels

STEM major in the College of Natural Sciences

 

Competitive Preference Priority 2
(Academic Achievement and Retention Strategies)
• Science Success Center
• Proactive academic advising (More frequent meetings)
• Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
• Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
• Internships
• Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and other professional societies
• Linking students to on-campus services and resources such as Supplemental Instruction (SI), tutoring, peer mentoring, Transfer Success Center, Career Center, alumni network, Undocumented Student Success Center, and more.

STEM major in the College of Natural Sciences

 

Invitational Priority (Providing Student Supports for Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Students' Mental Health and Academic Outcomes)
• Connections with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
• Discussions and panels about mental health for students and faculty
• Good and house insecurities
• Suggestions from the Department of Education "Ed COVID-19 Handbook: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff"

STEM Majors in the College of Natural Sciences

 

Performance Measures/Dashboard

 

Performance Measures/Dashboard
• The percentage change, over the five-year grant period, of the number of Hispanic and low-income full-time STEM field degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled.
• Second-year retention of Hispanics and low-income students in STEM degree programs
• First-time Freshmen (FTF): 4-year and 6-year graduation rates in STEM degree programs.
• How many STEM majors are supported by grant-funded research?
• How many STEM majors make use of college and university services?
• Same metrics for those who are supported by the grant.