Vías hacia la Excelencia Académica (Pathways to Excellence)

In 2016, Humboldt State University applied for and was awarded a $3.9 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)- Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) and Articulation Program.[1] HSU will receive the grant award over five academic years, 2016-17 through 2020-2021.

The program is intended to increase the number of Hispanic [2] and/or low-income [3] students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); and to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields.

This website provides an overview of the grant's four components (below), a timeline of proposed activities, plus related documents and resources. Check back periodically for updates on progress and outcomes.

Place-Based Learning Communities

Collecting Water Samples

Develop and launch place-based learning communities for freshmen in all science and engineering majors.

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Expanded Tutoring Services

Tutoring services at the Learning Center

Enhance services for gateway STEM courses integrated into the new HSU
Learning Center.

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Reformed Developmental Math Instruction

Math on the quad

Expedite the path to college-level math courses required for STEM majors.

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New Pathways for Transfer Students


Forge relationships with two-year institutions to streamline transfer pathways into HSU science disciplines.

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Students in Forest

If you have questions or feedback about the HSI STEM grant or components of the program, please email hsistem@humboldt.edu.