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The US Department of Education has awarded multi-million dollar "First in the World" grants to 18 colleges, universities, and organizations that are innovating to solve critical challenges with access, recruitment, retention, and student success. At AI, we have interviewed each of the recipients to learn more about the projects these institutions are pursuing, how their approaches are unique, and what other colleges and universities can learn from these new efforts.

2015 was the second year of the First in the World grants. You can read our interviews with the 24 institutions that received 2014 grants here.

by Lisa Cook, Academic Impressions

In an effort to better engage and retain STEM students, California State University, Los Angeles is partnering with two other institutions to establish a STEM Education Consortium as a way to pool resources and improve STEM education.

Institutions in the STEM Education Consortium will use the $2.8 million First in the World grant to target three issues in STEM education:

  1. Implementing high-impact learning strategies with aligned assessments to improve student outcomes.
  2. Providing comprehensive student advising to address academic issues and to support students who are juggling multiple life demands and who may need non-academic support.
  3. Streamlining the ability for students to move between STEM disciplines and majors, with innovations such as establishing an integrated STEM bachelor's degree.

We talked to James Rudd, Cal State LA professor of natural science and project director, to learn more about how these initiatives will open more STEM career pathways to students.

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