University Economic Development Association


The AIMS^2 Program at CSUN

Award Category: Talent
Submitted By: California State University, Northridge
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CSU Northridge (CSUN) is one of the most significant facilitators of social mobility in the country with a well-earned reputation for equitable and inclusive education and an exceptional faculty and staff who lead robust academic and research programs. The mission of the AIMS2 program is to increase the enrollment and graduation of Hispanic and minoritized students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at CSUN, close achievement gaps between traditionally underserved and better served students, and improve student success. This collaborative multi-institutional program led by diverse faculty and staff from CSUN and partner community colleges has been funded by two consecutive Title III USDE HSI grants ($11.75 M). It uses a cohort-based model and high impact practices such as faculty and peer mentoring, tutoring, and student research participation to improve retention, graduation, and student success.

Beginning with transfer students from Glendale Community College and College of the Canyons and first time transfer students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at CSUN in 2011, the program presently in its tenth year has expanded to serve multiple cohorts of students at two more community colleges (Moorpark and Los Angeles Pierce College), and CSUN freshmen. An external advisory committee of experts and alumni supports students in the program helping advance their academic and career goals. Recognized as the 2019 Example of Excelencia, AIMS2 has improved academic achievement, transfer success, degree completion, career preparation, and research skills of Hispanic and minoritized students in the college, including many first generation students.

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