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Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Inclusive Excellence

Deadline: July 12, 2016

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) aims to help higher education institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways, through the Inclusive Excellence competition. Through this initiative, HHMI will support colleges and universities that commit to measurably increasing their infrastructure, resources, and expertise to involve undergraduate students in science, resulting in expanded access to excellence for all students, and especially those who belong to the “new majority” in American higher education.

A successful strategy for Inclusive Excellence will be grounded in a baseline measure of how students from nontraditional pathways are currently progressing in science; an understanding of the barriers that limit students’ opportunities to excel in the sciences; and an aspirational vision shared by the faculty, administrators, and staff. Improving institutional capacity to engage all undergraduate students in science and support their success should leverage activities already underway on campus and build upon what the institution is learning from them. Colleges and universities should work to understand the characteristics and dynamics of the students who are new to their science programs, explore the current climate for inclusion in their departments and classrooms, and deploy evidence-based approaches to improve student experiences. Over the five-year period, grantee institutions will use formative assessment to adapt their strategies and use findings that emerge from program evaluation as opportunities for organizational learning. These colleges and universities have the potential to learn how institutions can establish their own capacity to meaningfully engage and support all students.

An HHMI grant awarded through this competition will help the grantee institution achieve the following outcomes:

  • The institution clearly demonstrates that it values efforts to expand access to and achievement in science, for all students
  • The institution applies effective evidence-based teaching and learning practices across its science curriculum and for all students
  • All students, especially students from the “new majority,” have the opportunity to excel, complete the baccalaureate degree, and continue in science beyond the baccalaureate degree
  • During the lifetime of the grant, the institution expands the project
    leadership team by increasing participation of faculty, including tenure-track and tenured faculty
  • The institution provides faculty opportunities to develop the skills needed to work effectively with nontraditional students and contribute to the program
  • The institution effectively uses program assessment that is systematic, ongoing, and informs improvements

Amount: Up to 30 grants of $1,000,000 each will be awarded.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education that meet the following requirements:

  1. The school is one of the approximately 1,350 not-for-profit, four-year institutions identified by the 2015 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Basic Classification as as (i) Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus, (ii) Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields, (iii) Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges, (iv) Master’s Colleges and Universities—larger, medium, and smaller programs, (v) Doctoral Universities: highest, higher, and moderate research activity, and (vii) Tribal Colleges.*
  2. The school offers four-year baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences or
    offers a single baccalaureate degree that is inclusive of the natural sciences.
  3. The school is accredited and in good standing with the appropriate regional
    accrediting organization.

* See: http://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/listings.php. In New Mexico, this includes: Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Brookline College-Albuquerque; University of Phoenix-New Mexico; University of New Mexico-Main Campus; Navajo Technical University; Northern New Mexico College; University of the Southwest; New Mexico State University-Main Campus; New Mexico Highlands University; Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus; Southwestern College-Santa Fe; St. John’s College; Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture; Western New Mexico University; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Link: https://www.hhmi.org/programs/open-competitions

Note: The deadline listed is for the Intent to Apply. The pre-proposal will be due December 6, 2016.

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