Angelo State University has received a $2.75 million grant from the Department of Education to put toward the mechanical engineering program.
The new program titled “Culturally Responsive Education En Mechanical Engineering,” or CREEME, received this grant through the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions program.
This program was designed based on the hope that Hispanic, first-generation and low-income students receive a more culturally sustaining education at ASU.
CREEME will be based on three factors, Nuevo Programa (New Program): Developing a mechanical engineering program at ASU, Desarrollo Profesional (Professional Development): Re-envisioning the curriculum through the development of culturally responsive teaching practices and Vinculos Académicos (Academic Links): Developing and improving community college pathways to ensure a smoother transfer experience.
With this new program in place, ASU and CREEME hope that Hispanic and overall student enrollment in the engineering program will rise, as well as the number of community college transfers by 2022.
The degree for this program is the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.). It will be submitted by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents in October. Secured funding and curriculum approval must be achieved before the program is submitted for final approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.
ASU President Brian J. May says that things are definitely taking a step in the right direction for what will be an exciting new addition.
Should everything go according to plan, the new program will begin Fall 2018.
The first civil engineering students were admitted Fall 2015 and the Hunter Strain Engineering Labs facility, which was funded by a $4.5 million anonymous gift, opened on Aug. 1.
This department now includes over 130 students and seven full-time faculty members.