AAC&U supports Fairleigh Dickinson University STEM program with grant


Hackensack, NJ (July 15, 2014) — Fairleigh Dickinson University has been awarded over $275,000 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as part of its Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) program. The funds will be used in the Computer Science Talent Advancement Program (CS-TAP) to encourage minorities and women to pursue computer science degrees.

FDU was one of just 20 institutions selected out of over 200 applicants. Fairleigh Dickinson University was the only New Jersey institution to receive the full award. The grant money will impact 100 students per year.

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

“The Computer Science Talent Advancement Program (CS-TAP) aims to encourage students to explore computer science in action while building a strong skill set,” said Kiron Sharma, Professor of Computer Science, who is the Principal Investigator for the CS-TAP project also directs the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “Faculty in the program will actively redesign introductory courses and teaching methodology to integrate innovative and interdisciplinary solutions offered by computer science.

“For example, students will program simulated robots and games of strategy while learning to meet the objectives of the introductory computer science courses and they will explore software solutions used by law-enforcement personnel to solve cyber-crime. We are truly grateful the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and to AAC&U for supporting our project under the TIDES initiative.”

Frequent, low stakes assessment of student learning outcomes will be used to enable prompt feedback and build strong skills. The focus will be on professional development of faculty and curriculum redesign in order to create replicable models to help increase interest and persistence of students historically underrepresented in computer and information sciences.

More information is available in the AAC&U’s press release: http://www.aacu.org/press_room/press_releases/2014/tides.cfm

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey's largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, go to www.fdu.edu.


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