Around the industry: Education Department asks community college to diversify STEM

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  • Colorado: The Community College of Denver (CCD) received a five-year, $3 million grant from the Department of Education to increase the number of Hispanic students entering STEM fields. Institution leaders say they plan to use the grant to set up transfer partnerships with four-year institutions. "Community colleges are very important to ensure that middle class families and families with lesser means have access to 4-year education," says Heidi Loshbaugh, dean of math & science at CCD. "They start here. They can go anywhere" (Garcia, KUSA, 10/25). 
  • Utah:A new amnesty policy at Brigham Young University (BYU) will protect survivors of sexual assault from being punished for honor code violations, such as drinking. BYU officials say they also plan to move the Title IX office out of its former space near the Honor Code office and hire a full-time Title IX coordinator—the current officer is part-time. "Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. This is particularly true for those who have been the victims of sexual assault," BYU President Kevin J. Worthen wrote in a letter to the campus community. "They have been through a devastating experience, and they are looking for our help and support" (Zauzmer, "Acts of Faith," Washington Post, 10/26). 
  • Washington: The University of Washington (UW) announced last week that it will receive $210 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build a new research facility focused on improving global health. UW leaders plan to incorporate research from nearly every academic department at the institution. The gift is the largest the institution has ever received (Long, Seattle Times, 10/25).  

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