Monday, Mar 13, 2023
Personalized support system provides solid foundation for future academic success
by Rachel Stengel '14, '20
Rider University recently introduced a new general science program intended to help select first-year students find their preferred career path in STEM. Students will receive tailored coursework their first year to prepare for the rigors of collegiate study and set the foundation for declaring a math, science or technology major their sophomore year.
Students in the general science program will also receive exclusive benefits, such as individual academic advising from STEM faculty, a dedicated STEM success coach, who will provide personalized guidance and support throughout the first year, a free course and more.
“The first year of college can be the most challenging as it is filled with a number of transitions,” says Dr. Kelly Bidle, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “By increasing the level of personalized support for first-year students who are interested in STEM, we will provide a strong foundation for whichever math, science or technology major they select, setting them up for a successful four years and beyond.”
The first-year curriculum will be determined based on the intended major, which may be selected from 14 undergraduate majors, ranging from biology to cybersecurity to mathematics. In order to select a major sophomore year, students must meet a series of requirements, including specific grades and credit hours, as well as participation in academic meetings and tutoring.
The STEM field is rapidly growing. In 2021, there were nearly 10 million workers in STEM occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2031, the Bureau estimates that number to grow by almost 11%, over two times faster than the total for all other occupations.