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Financial aid for STEM majors

Joanne Goodell helps bring funding to Cleveland State

October 27, 2011

By Deon Broyles


In the 13 years she has been working for Cleveland State, Joanne Goodell has brought several million dollars in grants and scholarships of funding to CSU. Currently, her grant and scholarship funding expertise helps finance two critical areas for students who want to become high school teachers.

According to Goodell, the MUST (Master of Urban Secondary Teaching) program has been at CSU for about 13 years. To help redefine the program, Goodell secured a large grant from the National Science Foundation. “The money I got was to provide a full scholarship for up to six students per year for four years,” Goodell said.

According to Goodell, the MUST program is a 14-month graduate program for pre-service teachers who want to teach high school math and science. “They will get a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a license to teach math or science in one year,” Goodell said.

Goodell’s objective is to make the MUST program more in line with the CSUTeach program, a teacher preparation program Goodell helped bring to CSU.

“We are modifying some of the course work from the old MUST program to make it more aligned with the CSUTeach program,” Goodell said. “I am not changing the MUST program drastically; we’re just modifying some of the courses, talking out some and adding some.”

The CSUTeach program is a variation of the nationally known UTeach model that started in 1997 at the University of Texas. The UTeach model has become a basic inspiration for universities across the nation. It promotes collaboration between the department of science and math to foster more qualified science and math teachers.

Goodell also played an instrumental part in securing undergraduate financial aid for STEM majors who want to receive a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license.

“The funding was actually from the same group within the National Science Foundation,” she said. “It is called the Robert Noyce Scholarship program.”

According to CSU’s website, “The Robert Noyce Scholarship awards five undergraduates (with junior or senior status) or post baccalaureates $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 each semester for four semesters) each year.”

Goodell explained that financial aid is the biggest barrier for students at CSU. “They don’t just have the financial resources,” Goodell said. “That is why I really concentrate to provide money for more students to complete our programs.”