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Since 2010, four awards continue to strengthen the academic and student support areas at ASU with the impact of changing family trees.


Current Project

CREEME

The CREEME (Culturally Responsive Education En Mechanical Engineering) project received funding in 2017 from the U.S. Department of Education HSI Title V program. This award established the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, created the faculty and staff culturally relevant pedagogy training program, and redesigned policies and systems that remove challenges related to transfer.  

Through the culturally relevant pedagogy program, CREEME ensures that Hispanic, first-generation, and/or low-income students receive a set of more culturally sustaining experiences than they would at other institutions. Through the adoption of culturally relevant teaching practices, re-imaging curricular pedagogies, and redefining the processes and systems the university utilizes in collaborating with community colleges to improve teaching, advising, and relationships with community college partners.

Project Team:

  • Dr. William Kitch, Professor and Chair David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering
  • Dr. Gustavo Vargas-Silva, Associate Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Andrea Robledo, Director of STEM HSI Success Programs

Our students learn more than engineering.

  • The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic kept Angelo State engineering student Alan Backlund away from campus, but it didn’t keep him from being productive.


Prior Funded Areas and Projects

STEP West Texas

The STEP West Texas (Strengthening the Engineering Pipeline in West Texas) project received funding from the U.S. Department of Education HSI Division from 2014 to 2019.  STEP aimed to solve several problems in 35-county areas served by ASU and Southwest Texas Junior College (a two-year institution with campuses in Uvalde, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Crystal City) by addressing the lack of a civil engineering program at any institution of higher education in the region; a high demand and expected growth for civil engineer, and limited resources to develop such a program. 

Through this partnership, community college students can obtain an Associate of Science in Engineering Sciences (ASES) degree before transferring to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree.


Read more about the first five graduates of ASU’s civil engineering program.

Luis Lozano, Matthew Holmes, Caleb Miller, Ty Lee, and Deyton Riddle Luis Lozano, Matthew Holmes, Caleb Miller, Ty Lee, and Deyton Riddle


“Developing Tomorrow’s Meat and Food Scientist” Program

This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant program from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture during 2013 -2018.  This program aimed to prepare new food scientists to pursue a career in the Meat and Food Industries.

Angelo State University - Howard College HSI STEM Cooperative

The collaborative project, Angelo State University – Howard College HSI STEM Cooperative, was funded through the Hispanic Serving Institution STEM program from 2011 to 2016.  The project strove to increase the low number of Hispanic and low-income students who earned four-year degrees in STEM fields and identified areas that hampered transferring.  Increased STEM outreach to K-12, families, and the community provided a smooth transfer for STEM transfers and opened new pathways for transfer.

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