Skip to main content

College Partner in $1M Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant

Salt Lake Community College will share in a $1 million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in partnership with the University of Utah to develop fully articulated degree pathways for students seeking science degrees. The award will also fund the establishment of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Data Team to inform decisions at both institutions about how best to support students transferring from SLCC to the U of U.

A team from SLCC that includes people from both Academic Affairs and the Student Affairs division will work with U of U faculty and administrators for what’s being called UPSTEM, or the Utah Pathways to STEM initiative.  A significant part of the UPSTEM project includes increasing advising capacity for students transferring between schools. “This is a significant partnership in addressing the shared goal of increasing the rate and efficiency of STEM students transferring from SLCC to the U of U,” said Craig Caldwell, dean of SLCC’s School of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.

The five-year grant addresses long-standing transfer challenges between SLCC and the U’s College of Science, supporting SLCC’s goal of improving transfer rates and its capacity for greater inclusion within STEM fields of students from a broader diversity of backgrounds. The U of U was one of 24 institutions HHMI chose (SLCC is the only community college partner among the group) as grant recipients that will commit to diversity and inclusion as part of its Inclusive Excellence Initiative.  The goal is to develop a model of how a research-intensive institution and a community college can effectively partner by creating institutional policies to remove barriers to success and build support structures for transfer students and students from diverse backgrounds.

“We’re thinking differently about how HHMI can help move science education forward,” HHMI President Erin O’Shea said in an article published on HHMI’s website.  HHMI is the largest private, nonprofit supporter of science education in the country, according to its website. SLCC also hopes to use the partnership to build on existing grant-funded initiatives to benefit low income, first generation college students.  SLCC currently hosts both Trio SSS STEM and STEM Scholars programs, funded by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation respectively.  SLCC will leverage data and participants from these programs in UPSTEM efforts to prioritize and support underrepresented transfer students.

Popular posts from this blog

SLCC Business School is Utah’s First to be Named Exclusively After a Woman

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) proudly announces a partnership with the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation to modernize its Business Building and transform its School of Business. The improvements are made possible through a generous $10 million gift from the Miller Family Foundation and Gail Miller, the largest-ever single cash donation received by the college.  SLCC is renaming its Business Building the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Business Building in honor of the Miller family’s legacy and contributions to the community. The business school will be named the Gail Miller School of Business in recognition of the strong business acumen Gail Miller displays as a community leader and as the owner and immediate past chair of the Larry H. Miller Company. This name change will make SLCC home to the only business school in Utah and one of only a few in the country to be named exclusively after a woman.  “We are deeply humbled by the generosity of Gail and the Miller fam

You’re Invited to A Party! Open House Kicks off New Herriman Campus

  Complimentary food truck fare, live music, and family activities spotlight new campus.   There’s something for everyone at the upcoming Herriman Campus Community Open House on Friday, August 4 (3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). See schedule below.   The public is invited to celebrate the opening of this new campus with festivities that include free local food truck fare, live music, and a Mocktail Mixer, where you can mingle with others, including Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and University of Utah (U of U) faculty.   Families with kids can engage in face painting and a craft station, see the Super Mario Brothers movie, and high-five mascots Brutus, Swoop and Yeti.   This is an opportunity to have some summer fun for all ages and to check out the Juniper building on the new 88-acre SLCC Herriman campus.    At the open house, prospective students and their families can meet SLCC and U of U faculty and staff, take a tour the building, or even check out the Application & Transfer Lab a

Salt Lake Community College Begins National Search for New President

  PRESS RELEASE Salt Lake Community College announces 11-member Presidential Search Committee and upcoming public meetings. As part of its delegated duties and responsibilities, the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Board of Trustees named an 11-member committee to conduct a national search for the next president of SLCC. The college is working with AGB Search, a national search firm, to establish a position announcement and call for nominations and applications. Brady Southwick, chair of SLCC’s Board of Trustees, will co-lead the presidential search committee with Sharon Eubank from the Utah Board of Higher Education. The committee is comprised of representatives from the Utah Board of Higher Education and SLCC trustees, faculty, staff, students, administration, and alumni as well as a community representative. “I’m confident with our search committee and stakeholders, that we will find someone with the higher education expertise and vision to lead Salt Lake Community College,” said