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What is HSI-STEM?

HSI-STEM is the Department of Education’s Hispanic Serving Institution - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) Program. For more information, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/hsiccraa/index.html

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What is AIMS²?

The CSU, Northridge Engineering and Computer Science HSI-STEM Initiative, Funded by the United States Department of Education FY 2011 Title III, Part F, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulation Programs cooperative arrangement development five-year grant, Award Number P031C110031, CFDA Number 84.031C is a collaborative project lead by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with Glendale Community College (GCC) and the College of the Canyons (COC). This collaborative project is entitled AIMS² - Attract, Inspire, Mentor and Support Students to highlight the fundamental goals of the program. Students selected under this program will form a cohort.

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What are the goals and objectives of the HSI-STEM grant?

1. To increase the number of Hispanic and low‐income students who successfully transfer from Glendale Community College (GCC), and College of the Canyons (COC) to California State University, Northridge, to pursue majors in Engineering and/or Computer Science.

2. To increase the number of Hispanic and low‐income students who join CSUN as upper division transfer students and graduate with degrees from one of the undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

3. To develop a model, seamless and sustainable transfer program to assist Hispanic and low-income students to successfully transfer from GCC and COC to California State University, Northridge where they will complete their studies in Engineering and/or Computer Science.

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What are the proposed annual cohort recruitments?

The table below lists the proposed annual enrollments from each institution during the grant. In Year 1 of the grant, GCC and COC will each identify and select a cohort of 15 students to participate in this grant. Simultaneously, CSUN will select a cohort of 30 students from its incoming group of first time transfer students to participate in the grant. In Year 2 of the grant, all three institutions will recruit their second cohort of students replicating the enrollments from Year 1. Students who begin their program at GCC or COC under this grant can expect to be supported for a total period of four years; including the first two years at the community college and the remaining two years at CSUN. First time transfer students who begin their programs at CSUN can expect to be supported for two years.  Thus over the 5 year duration of the grant, we anticipate supporting a total of 120 students.

Year 1 15 15 30 60
Year 2 30 30 60 120
Year 3 15 15 60 90
Year 4     60 60
Year 5     30 30
Total 60 60 240  


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What are the activities supported through this project?

1. Tutoring to improve student performance in preparatory Math and Science courses - The Project design includes visits by CSUN faculty from the College of Engineering and Computer Science to pre-engineering and math and science classes at GCC and COC to introduce ourselves and our programs to Community College students and “de-mystify” what is needed to graduate from our programs. At both GCC and COC, STEM related courses will be supplemented with tutoring to increase the math, science and language skills of possible transfer students to CSUN to increase their “transfer” readiness in math and science.

2. Advising and tracking of students in cohort - When the cohorts from GCC and COC transfer into CECS majors in Years 3 and 4 of the grant they will also be provided supplemental tutoring in CECS courses identified as barriers for student retention and graduation. Once they transfer to CSUN the cohort of students admitted from GCC and COC will be monitored on a semester by semester basis to ensure that they are progressing successfully through their CECS related major. At both campuses, advisement will be offered regarding transfer credits, courses necessary for a successful transfer to CSUN, financial aid, etc.

3. Work closely with faculty and staff in feeder community colleges to develop seamless articulation agreements, especially for students transferring from 2 year colleges to CSUN.

4. Create a mobile digital environment with Tablet PCs and appropriate software, so that the project team can work with the cohorts to enhance communication, engagement, collaboration and creativity, and instant learning assessment.  We anticipate quicker student mastery of difficult, abstract concepts, particularly in the lower division, with improved academic performance and retention of our diverse participants when they transfer to CSUN. The team will integrate the related hardware/software to serve the cohorts, enabling remote access to data, online courses and advanced engineering software for students’ work on complex, interactive design problems, including Project-based multidisciplinary service learning projects. Remote Graphics Software (RGS) access to sophisticated CAD software and interactions with CSUN role-model students will attract outreach students’ interest from the cohorts. Formative and summative evaluations will measure the efficacy of new teaching practices and technology integration.

5. Expand Facilitated Academic Workshops (FAW) in required introductory courses and key upper division courses offered by the college’s programs.

6. Faculty mentoring and career advising of students in the cohort.

7. College wide events focused on careers and jobs such as the biannual Tech Fest events held in February and September.

8. Provide students with opportunities to work on hands-on projects and research activities that encourage them to stay connected with their majors.

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What are the services supported through this project?

Collectively this collaborative grant proposal will provide a range of services to Hispanic and low-income student as listed in the table below.


College of the Canyons Glendale Community College California State University, Northridge
Student Focused
Tutoring Tutoring

Academic Success Center

Mentoring Mentoring Peer Tutoring/Mentoring
Academic Excellence Workshop Attendance at CSUN Project Design Showcase Faculty Mentoring
Textbook Award Program Attendance at CSUN Tech Fest Facilitated Academic Workshops
Joint Leadership Conference   Joint Leadership Conference
Joint Outreach Efforts   CSUN Senior Design Projects
Engineering Boot Camp  

Participation in CSUN Tech Fest

Attendance at CSUN Project Design Showcase  

Participation in Senior Design Project Showcase

Attendance at CSUN Tech Fest   Participation in Undergraduate Research
Faculty Exchange/Curriculum Development/Articulation
Faculty Exchange Faculty Exchange Faculty Exchange
Curriculum Development/Articulation Curriculum Development/Articulation Online Curriculum Development/Wireless Technology Integration/Articulation Agreements
  Summer Faculty Externships  


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