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Fayetteville State to Push STEM in New Flipped Program

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has received a million-dollar grant to draw more students to STEM subjects and improve the education they receive.

The program, "Implementation Project: Strengthening Student Success in STEM (S^4)," will use "evidence-based, high-impact pedagogical practices to improve student learning and outcomes," according to the grant proposal. The practices will include flipped learning with adaptive math courses, active learning, "intrusive" peer tutoring and supplemental instruction and undergraduate research.

The work will build on previous efforts to increase the participation of African-American students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The goal: to "significantly" improve recruitment, persistence, retention and graduation rates for STEM undergraduate students.

The project is being led by faculty in computer science, math, chemistry and biology. The grant, issued by the National Science Foundation, is expected to run from June 2017 to May 2021.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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