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Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) — What Works in STEM Higher Education

Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES)

Anticipated Award Date

We anticipate announcing TIDES project awards by June 1, 2014.

TIDES Project Informational Webinar

On January 28th we hosted an informational webinar on the TIDES project. The webinar highlighted the vision and goals of the TIDES program, as well as provided information related to the submission process and project activities.

Download the webinar presentation (PDF).

Through a generous $4.9M grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, AAC&U has launched its newest STEM initiative, TIDES: Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM.

This initiative invites applications from institutions of higher education (particularly predominantly undergraduate institutions, minority serving institutions and community colleges) to implement curriculum and faculty professional development activities, and develop models for broader institutional change to advance equally evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields.

Call for Proposals

The overall goal of this three-year initiative is to increase the learning outcomes and retention of students historically underrepresented in the computer/information sciences and related STEM disciplines.  The project will pursue two specific aims:

  • Develop and implement curricula that will enhance underrepresented STEM student interest, competencies and retention rates; and
  • Empower STEM faculty to adopt culturally sensitive pedagogies and sustain the necessary changes in practice required for relevant and inclusive STEM teaching.

AAC&U is dedicated to promoting high-quality learning, accelerating broad-scale systemic innovation to advance diversity, and advancing inquiry across all liberal arts and sciences disciplines.  In its recently expanded mission, AAC&U also seeks to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. This STEM initiative is integrally connected to all of these tenets of higher education reform, and is expected to build capacity in higher education toward achieving his goal, as well as create a national community of faculty leaders committed to and effective in developing supportive and empowering environments for students traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

About the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Helmsley logoThe Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in a variety of selected areas. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $900 million to a wide range of charitable organizations. Through its National Education Program, the Trust views education as a lever to advance both American economic competitiveness and individual social mobility. In K-12, the Trust focuses on ensuring all students graduate high school prepared for college or careers by supporting teacher effectiveness and the adoption and implementation of high academic standards. In postsecondary education, the Trust is primarily interested in increasing the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates who can participate in high growth sectors of the economy.  The Trust also focuses on policy levers that improve postsecondary completion, particularly for underrepresented populations. For more information, please visit