Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Mathematics and Computer Science Department was notified by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of a grant award totaling $2 million for the “Implementation Project: Strengthening Student Success in STEM (S^4).” The project proposal was led and will be implemented by Dr. Daniel I. Okunbor, project investigator, along with Drs. Dong Wang, Daniel Autrey, and Khalid M. Lodhi. The award will begin June 15, 2017 and end May 2021.
Implementation Projects provide support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to design, implement, study, and assess comprehensive institutional efforts to increase the number of students receiving undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and enhance the quality of their preparation by strengthening STEM education and research. The FSU project seeks to build on previous successful efforts to increase the participation of African-American students in STEM disciplines. The goal of this project is to significantly improve recruitment, persistence, retention and graduation rates for STEM undergraduate students.
The project will utilize evidence-based, high-impact pedagogical practices to improve student learning and outcomes. The practices include: a professional seminar course sequence; assessment-based adaptive mathematics courses; student-centered active learning environment upside-down pedagogies; intrusive peer tutoring and supplemental instruction; and undergraduate research. The project will study the impact and efficacy of the flipped classroom and determine effect sizes of its adoption by examining students’ perceptions, learning and outcomes.
Originally published June 5, 2017.