On October 1, 2018, QU received a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Title IIIA Strengthening Institutions program. The second Title III award in QU’s history, Expanding Student Access to STEM will fund development of new majors in sought-after areas of computer science and business analytics, along with support for the teaching of mathematics and undergraduate research.
Like the previous Title III grant (2003 – 2008), this award will enable the institution to transform teaching and learning through the use of educational technology and best practices validated by research. The five-year project, directed by Barbara Schleppenbach, will include the development of curriculum, construction of new labs, and enhancement of math and science classrooms.
Expanding Student Access to STEM (ESA/STEM) is designed to offer opportunities and critical support for students interested in careers in STEM fields. Over five years, the program will
- Launch a computer science concentration in Cybersecurity and strengthen other concentrations in the field (2019 – 2020).
- Launch a degree curriculum in Business Analytics (2021).
- Enrich and strengthen opportunities for undergraduate research in biology and chemistry (2021- 2022).
- Implement supportive courses, technology, and spaces for teaching of mathematics. (2019 – 2020).
The ESA/STEM program will include designing labs (ESA/STEM Places) for each of the four initiatives and empowering leaders in each field to create and refine curricula (ESA/STEM People).
The program builds on a tradition of outstanding accomplishment in the QU Division of Science and Technology, which includes computer science, mathematics, forensic science, aviation, environmental biology, research-oriented and pre-professional science programs.
This investment by QU and the U.S. Dept. of Education will create access to the careers of the future for which employers are hiring today. STEM proficiency is in demand everywhere, and QU is committed to preparing students to meet that opportunity and challenge.