LINCOLN UNIVERSITY AWARDED $199,000 GRANT
FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
UNIVERSITY, PA ~ President Ivory Nelson has announced that
Lincoln University has been awarded a two-year $199,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation to develop the capacity
of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to
engage in the teaching and practice of culturally competent
evaluation, focusing on science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) education programs.
“This is an important
effort because it identifies the wealth of talent on HBCU campuses for advancing
STEM programming for communities of color,” President Nelson said.
University will serve as the lead institution and is joined
on the project by Hampton University, Johnson C. Smith University,
Morgan State University, North Carolina Central University
and Tennessee State University.
“The goal of the project
is to diversify and build leadership in the field of program evaluation as
well as to strengthen evaluator skills in assessing STEM programmatic initiatives
directed toward multiethnic and underrepresented populations,” said Dr.
Kevin E. Favor, project director and associate professor of psychology at Lincoln
Dr. Favor said one way of
achieving this goal is by forming collaboration with select
HBCUs to assess the current program evaluation efforts and
related research and teaching activities on each of the planning
group campuses and to identify effective models of evaluation
capacity building and networking.
added that another way of achieving this goal is the creation
of a communications network and mechanism for information
sharing regarding evaluation instruction and practice among
and between HBCUs and other higher education institutions.
Favor said meeting with representations from public and
private funding agencies, foundations and organizations
will help promote diversity in the evaluation across a variety of educational
levels and disciplines to share results and initiatives.
“The intellectual merit
of this project is that it will bring together interdisciplinary
teams of evaluators and evaluative researchers who are skilled
at various disciplines and methodologies,” Dr.
Favor said. “They will be educators who are sensitized
to cultural issues related to evaluation methods and knowledgeable
on strategies to make connections between research and practice."
Founded in 1854, Lincoln
University is a premier, historically Black University that
combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based
undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs
to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological
and global society. The University is nationally
recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate
degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics);
computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln
has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.
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