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Montgomery College Among 20 Institutions Chosen Nationally to Participate in “Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM” Initiative Grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to AAC&U Will Support Faculty and Curriculum Development at Chosen Institutions
Montgomery College has been awarded $299,980 by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for a three-year program to support curriculum and faculty development that will improve the success of women and under-represented minority students in its computer science degree program.
The College was one of 20 educational institutions nationwide—and the only community college—to be selected for the AAC&U initiative called TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. Projects at these campuses will focus on the development of models for broader institutional change for the advancement of evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), particularly in the computer and information science domains.
The TIDES initiative is funded with a $4.9 million grant to AAC&U from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Montgomery College is a leader in STEM education, experiencing significant enrollment growth in STEM programs over the past several years due to the growing industry demand in the region, strong faculty expertise in STEM disciplines, and state-of-the-art science centers.
The following criteria were used for selection of the 20 TIDES schools:
“The TIDES initiative is an exciting opportunity for Montgomery College to expand on its longstanding commitments to research-based teaching strategies, meeting the needs of diverse students, and building a strong workforce for the region’s research labs and science and technology companies,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Montgomery College president. “We are delighted to be part of this vital initiative, and we greatly appreciate the grant support from The Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.”
The grant will have an immediate impact on Montgomery College students and faculty. Some of the highlights include: