SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2022) — Miramar College joins its fellow San Diego Community College District institutions as a Hispanic Serving Institution grant recipient after SDCCD Board of Trustees approval to accept a $2.7 million DHSI/STEM Éxito Project grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will allow the college to participate in the development of expanding programs and improving Latino/a and low income students’ success outcomes, specifically in STEM fields.
“This is a very rewarding day in the history of Miramar College,” said Dr. Wes Lundburg, president of San Diego Miramar College. “We have made becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution a priority at the College over the last few years. It takes a tremendous amount of work to meet the criteria, but our dedicated folks made it happen for our institution and the Hispanic students we serve.”
Miramar College will receive $2,779,956 between October of 2022 and September of 2027 to better serve its growing Hispanic population. The College will immediately begin the process by establishing a fulltime Program Activity Manager position.
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Education DHSI-Title V grant (STEM) is to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) like San Diego Miramar College in expanding and improving Latino/a students’ attainment of education goals and opportunities, particularly in STEM fields. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability on a broader base for Miramar College students.
Miramar will use grant funds to help ensure success and retention for low-income and Latino/a students, support equity-minded pedagogy, and strengthen institutional infrastructure to improve student outcomes.
STEM Éxito Project objectives include the following:
- Clarifying and enhancing a STEM Guided Pathway to Degree Completion;
- Integration of Student Support Services and Academic Interventions specifically in STEM;
- Improve Teaching and Student Success through faculty and staff professional development.
The Title V DHSI grant earmarks funding for a 1.0 Program Activity Manager who will coordinate and administer grant programs and activities. The Program Activity Manager will report to Miramar College’s Dean of Math, Biological, Exercise, and Physical Sciences.
During the 2020-2021, Miramar College enrolled 30% of its student population that identified as LatinX.
For the fall 2020 semester, Miramar College reported a success rate of 71% among its LatinX population and an 86% retention rate according to data provided by the San Diego Community College District