New Jersey City University (NJCU) has received a total of $7,185,216 from the United States Department of Education for three grants, making NJCU – the State’s only public four-year Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) – the sole institution of higher learning in the U.S. to be awarded all three prestigious grants.
One of the grants, in the amount of $2,709,846, funds a five-year Title V Project that will focus on increasing institutional capacity in academic support services and faculty development. The project seeks to improve student success in mathematics and the sciences by improving retention, grades earned, and graduation rates.
A second grant, in the amount of $1,688,840, supports a two-year plan that will increase the number of science majors at NJCU by focusing on associate’s degree-holding students enrolled in science programs at the University. In addition, NJCU will improve persistence and retention and graduation rates among its science majors. The “completer students” will be tracked and receive supplemental instruction in upper-level science courses, science-specific advisement, and opportunities to participate in mentored research and scientific meetings.
The third grant, in the amount of $2,786,530, supports a two-year plan to improve the pipeline for Latinos in science and mathematics through collaboration between NJCU and Hudson County Community College, also an HSI. The partnership will align science, technology, and math programs and courses between HCCC and NJCU and develop a state-wide articulation model. Extensive renovations will be made to laboratory facilities at both institutions, and cutting-edge scientific equipment will be purchased. Groundbreaking for the renovations is scheduled for June 2009. Additionally, grant funding will enable faculty to attend instructional improvement activities which will provide them with new teaching techniques for the classroom.
The grants commenced on October 1, 2008.
Both two-year awards, which target increased enrollment and retention of students in the sciences and mathematics, were submitted to the College Cost Reduction Accountability Act (CCRAA) Cooperative Arrangement featuring a strategic partnership with Hudson County Community College (HCCC).
The three grants, designed to be implemented on a synchronous schedule, will have far-reaching effects on the students, faculty, and facilities of NJCU and will influence the University as a whole.
The combined grant awards – a “grants trifecta” – represent a combined commitment from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $7,185,216. This is an unprecedented sum in the history of grants acquisition at New Jersey City University.
For further information about the grants call Mr. Ruddys Andrade, assistant vice president for academic affairs – grants and sponsored programs, at (201) 200-3364.