The Washington State Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, a two year program that helps engineering and computer science students from low-income backgrounds and underserved high schools transition into college-level engineering courses, has already seen success. Since beginning five years ago, the program, as reported by The Seattle Times, is showing strong results.
Eve Riskin, electrical engineering professor and the associate dean of Diversity and Access in the College of Engineering, is the principal investigator of the successful, NSF-funded STARS program.
“Your zip code shouldn’t determine whether you can be an engineer,” Riskin swas quoted as saying in the article. For more, read the article here.