Lehman College has been awarded a $5.7 million, 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Pathways to STEM Student Success (PTS³) project. The grant is awarded through the Department’s Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM program. PTS³ joins Lehman’s efforts with CUNY’s two Bronx-based community colleges—Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College.
The goal of PTS³ is to boost enrollment, retention, and graduation rates in the STEM disciplines at all three campuses, while at the same time seeks to align the colleges’ STEM curricula to provide for a frictionless transfer process from the two-year institutions to Lehman. Students meeting the criteria for admission for the program will be accepted at all three campuses. Those completing the requirements of PTS³ from BCC and HCC will be guaranteed admission to Lehman College.
“This award will accelerate the College’s efforts to advance its role as an engine of upward mobility through our efforts, we expect to expand access to careers in STEM and reduce the time it takes students to earn their degrees,” says Dr. Harriet Fayne, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
As part of PTS³, students will engage in activities designed to build their intellectual, social and cultural capital through intensive advisement; mastery of academic content and skills; innovative instruction; experiential learning; faculty-student collaborative research; and support services that include coaching and tutoring. Beyond the classroom, undergraduates will be required to participate in a research experience to reinforce their knowledge base.
Because math is a gateway to all STEM disciplines, PTS³ will also implement a math initiative across campuses that will create collaborative opportunities for faculty to implement active classrooms and write common learning goals and assessments. For students struggling with math and statistics, a summer and winter math “boot camp” will be available.
“At the core of PTS³ is the concept that any student coming to Lehman College who wants to pursue a career in STEM can and will succeed,” says Reine Sarmiento, vice president of enrollment management and associate provost. “Our efforts will address the institutional barriers to that success—academic, administrative, and experiential.”
About Lehman College: As CUNY’s only senior college in the Bronx, Lehman College enrolls over 12,000 students and offers over 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Lehman is home to 12 CUNY doctoral programs (most in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate Center) and has a long-standing collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden. Lehman is a Hispanic-Serving Institution where 91 languages are spoken and students hail from 142 different ancestries; nearly 40 percent of students hold two passports. In recent years Lehman students have won Fulbrights, George P. Soros Fellowships, National Science Foundation awards, and the Organization of American States Fellowships. In 2015, Washington Monthly selected Lehman as the No. 3 “Best Bang for the Buck” college in the Northeast. Its tree-lined, 37-acre campus once housed the United Nations Security Council, where in 1946 diplomats drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The College is named for Herbert H. Lehman, the former New York Governor, U.S. Senator, and statesman.
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