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NSU Receives $2.87 Million Federal Grant to Create More Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students

NSU recently received a $2.87 million dollar Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase academic opportunities for Hispanic students and other minorities. The 5-year grant is designed to help more students succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). More specifically, the grant aims to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates of Hispanics and other students at NSU’s Oceanographic Center (OC), which focuses heavily on science and research. The OC plans to use its Title V grant for the following: a Fellows program, improving the admissions process, making enrollment information more accessible, creating a new web portal targeting Hispanics, enhancing faculty development, boosting outreach services, building a new graduate student center, developing a new faculty and peer mentoring program, and increasing curriculum, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.

Richard E. Dodge, Ph.D., dean of the Oceanographic Center (OC) and executive director of NSU’s National Coral Reef Institute.

 Richard E. Dodge, Ph.D., dean of the OC and executive director of NSU’s National Coral Reef Institute, stated, “We appreciate the help of our Florida Congressional Delegation and especially Rep. Ron Klein and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in securing this grant, recognizing the important linkage of our economy and environment, and working to support these programs on behalf of South Florida.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the Title V Grant will also provide funding for students, faculty, and research scientists needed to fill the OC’s new coral reef research center, which is expected to open in 2011.

Aerial photo of the Oceanographic Center featuring the future Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Science on the right.

Larry Calderon, Ed.D., NSU’s vice president for community and governmental affairs, was instrumental in helping the OC secure the Title V Grant. The grant’s project director is Richard Spieler, Ph.D., professor and director of academic programs at the OC.  This is the fourth Title V Grant awarded to NSU. It previously received $8.3 million to boost academic programs at its Fischler School of Education and Human Services and Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. NSU awards more post-graduate and first professional degrees to Hispanic students than any other university in the nation.