Get students involved in research and independent learning (freshman research initiative) involve upper classman and graduate student as project mentors
Provide faculty incentives to engage students in research projects (salary, cola undergraduate research mentorship program), release time; the freshman research initiative has had an increase in retention in the stem course. Students are mentored in "streams" of 25 and groups of 4-5 on a project in active learning. This would be a MAJOR transformation and curriculum revision
Expose students to experiences such as the Harry research center, the Blanton, on-line search methods, Natural History Mus., where can have resources access
Help students mentor each other and build leadership skills, not just graduate students, undergrad mentorship
Field experience is transformative, but it does not need to be abroad. Take them into the field, or look at the stars for astronomy class involves them in the faculty research. Provide unstructured environment that allows a student to excel get opportunity to see success.
A happier enriched student experience carries through into adult life, so providing a diverse experience, get students out of their comfort zone, provide stem student opportunities to integrate the arts into the class