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HSI-STEM Research, Policy, and Practice Dissemination

Published July 23, 2019

Drs. Avery Olson and Don Haviland will be leading the first in a series of webinars and briefs focused on exploring effective practices to support student success in first-generation, low-income, and/or Hispanic students in STEM.

In the upcomign webinar, Dr. Olson and Dr. Haviland will provide a structured understanding of, and strategies for, institutionalization of grant activities that support student success by providing an overview of institutionalization and why it is important. Successes, challenges and strategies related to institutionalization efforts will be discussed.

When asked why institutionalizing grant activities is important and how that translates to grant success, Dr. Haviland shared, “A successful grant doesn’t just learn what works to serve students and support their success during the period of the grant. A successful grant takes those lessons and finds a way to keep providing those services, practices, and supports that work even after the grant funding ends, so that future students can thrive.”

Dr. Olson expanded on this further, “Grants give you the opportunity to try new things, and test what works. By working toward institutionalization you are integrating proven practices into the organization's culture and structure. In the case of the HSI grants, or any MSI funding, this also is the opportunity to fundamentally shift an organization from MSI enrolling to MSI serving.”