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The TECH4Equity project builds Sacramento State's technological capacity to face increasing student demand for online course options and stay competitive in an evolving higher education landscape.

Our overarching goal is to increase enrollment, retention/persistence, and graduation rates for Hispanic and low-income students.

US Department of Education, Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions

The TECH4Equity project and the contents of this webpage have been developed and implemented in full through a grant ($3 Million) from the US Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program (DHSI). Award Number P031S230256, Award Period 2023 to 2028.

The DHSI program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

TECH4Equity – increasing Sacramento State’s Online presence

TECH4Equity aims to expand our flexible, online course options that align with customized online wraparound student support services. We implement two campus-wide strategies primarily serving Hispanic and low-income students:

  • Redesign quality online courses in critical General Education (GE) and Engineering pathways to increase pass rates for Hispanic and low-income students in courses with a high fail rate, high enrollment and high equity gap.
  • Expand digital and AI-supported resources to build on personalized tutoring and advising relationships that contribute to underserved student persistence.

TECH4Equity Strategies and Activities

Strategy 1: Critical Pathway Course Redesign


Faculty Learning Communities. Develop curriculum and provide online, culturally responsive AI-informed training.

Minigrants for GE and Engineering redesign. Develop RFP, recruit and select faculty applicants to redesign targeted courses.

Course redesign in GE and Engineering. Implement courses and serve students. QM review and certification. Review courses to ensure they meet the highest standards.

Strategy 2: Digital Equity: Resource and Innovation Program


Online Supplemental Instruction. Build online SI courses to support high-fail, highenrollment GE and Engineering courses, train SI leaders and implement SI courses.

CAMP Computer Loan Program. Students borrow computers and laptops working with trained CAMP peer advisors and wraparound services.

CAMP AI-Supported Peer Advising Retention Campaign. Contact students to resolve registration holds, other needed advising with chatbot and peer advisor.

CAMP Spanish Language Webpage and AI Chatbot. Develop Spanish language CAMP landing page and page for parents with chatbot FAQ functionality.

TECH4Equity Leadership Team and Partners

TECH4Equity News