WASHINGTON (June 27, 2016) – Howard University is one of 20 institutions selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) initiative, “Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM,” also known as TIDES. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities at Howard.
As a TIDES institution, Howard will each receive up to $300,000 for programs over the next three years. The University was selected based on its high level of institutional readiness, commitment to sustaining project activities, focus on increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the undergraduate computer/information science disciplines, and innovation in linking computer/information sciences with other STEM and non-STEM courses.
“It is critically important for higher education to find ways to increase success in STEM fields for both women and all students from underserved communities,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “AAC&U is honored to have this opportunity to build on its historic commitment to equity and excellence through the TIDES initiative.”
Over the next three years of the initiative, selected institutions will provide STEM faculty with opportunities to incorporate culturally sensitive curriculum into STEM courses and develop interdisciplinary courses that include the computer/information science disciplines. The TIDES initiative is funded with a $4.9 million grant to AAC&U from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. 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. Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at www.aacu.org.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.