UNM and CNM Receive DOE Funding for UNM CNM STEM Undergraduate Pathway Project

October 10, 2011 - Dorene DiNaro

The Office of Student Services and Central New Mexico College were recently awarded funding in the amount of $4.2 million by the U.S. Department of Education for the UNM, CNM STEM Undergraduate Pathway (STEM UP) project.

The project partners UNM with CNM to improve systemic pathways and increase student transfers from two-year to four-year institutions in STEM technical education opportunities that adequately prepare Hispanic and low-income students for STEM careers.

 “We are very fortunate to receive this award focused on creating institutional change to increase our capacity to serve Hispanic and low-income students,” says Tim Gutierrez, associate vice president for Student Services at UNM. “By increasing our ability to serve Hispanic and low-income students we will increase our capacity to serve all students.”

STEM UP focuses on three main components including transfer centers, transfer initiatives, and degree transfer articulation agreements between CNM and UNM.  Through these components, the project aims to ensure successful STEM enrollment, retention, transfer and graduation of Hispanic and low-income population in our state.

“I am thrilled that the CNM-UNM partnership that has been strengthened substantially in recent years is becoming even stronger through this STEM UP grant program,” says CNM President Katharine Winograd.  

“It’s imperative that our community and our country produce many more graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. We also need to provide low-income and minority students with the support and opportunities they need to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math, which this grant also addresses,” she says.

The project will provide assistance in navigating newly created degree articulation agreements, and specialized advisement and student advocates at both institutions.  Each campus will house specific STEM services including advisement, tutoring and peer mentors.