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NSU Receives its Largest Title V Grant Award from U.S. Department of Education

NSU has been awarded a multi-million dollar “Cooperative Development Grant” by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), totaling approximately $3.9 million. The grant from the DOE’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division, is the single largest Title V award received by the university.

NSU is one of only four institutions in the nation to receive the Cooperative Development Grant and the only college or university in the state of Florida to receive this award for FY 2013. The Title V funding will be used to develop programs and services to better meet the needs of students pursuing high-demand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related programs and careers, and in particular, those students focused on academically challenging careers in computer science and computer information systems (CS/CIS).

“Nova Southeastern University is pleased to be a recipient of an award of this magnitude, and for the Department of Education’s recognition of our university’s role in providing quality education to students from diverse backgrounds,” said NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. “NSU has one of the most diverse student populations in Florida and the Title V award will allow the university to further our commitment in providing an array of innovative programs and access to students from traditionally underrepresented communities. Dr. Meline Kevorkian and Dr. Greg Simco are to be commended for their work in leading this effort on behalf of the university.”

Cooperative Development Grants are awarded to eligible Hispanic–Serving Institutions that are collaborating with one or more colleges or universities of higher education. NSU will serve as the lead institution, in collaboration with Broward College, an institution with which NSU has had strong collaborations previously.

NSU has been nationally ranked in the top 25 institutions for awarding degrees to Hispanic students according to the May, 2013 edition of Hispanic Outlook. In addition, the Hispanic Outlook for May, 2012, ranked NSU among the top five colleges or universities nationally for awarding master’s and doctoral degrees, and 1st nationally in awarding 1st professional degrees to Hispanic students.

NSU’s cooperative development plan will provide outreach, academic support services, and fully supported degree pathways for Hispanic, Latino and other diverse student populations in the STEM academic areas. In addition, NSU will strengthen the rigor of its CS/CIS programs through improved technology, more effective instruction and training, including project-based learning, integrated student success strategies, and mentoring.