More than ten post-secondary institutions have received millions in grants from the U.S. Department of Education for high-need students to improve their achievement and attainment mostly in STEM fields.
Under its Education Innovation and Research program, the department awarded $123 million in grants to 41 school districts, nonprofit organizations, and state educational agencies.
The program provides funding to develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that help students at risk of educational failure or otherwise to make advancements while pursuing education.
“For too long, the one-size-fits-all approach to education has failed too many students,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
“Through the EIR program, grantees have the opportunity to rethink education and approach student learning in new ways. I’m excited to see states, school districts and nonprofits proposing more creativity, innovation and personalization on behalf of students.”
Out of the total amount, over $78 million has been given to 29 grantees who are focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education especially on computer science.
The University of California, Irvine, Sacred Heart University, University of Indianapolis, University of Kansas, Louisiana State University, Tufts University, Touro College and The Ohio State University are few of the higher education institutions that have received millions in grants from the department.