Fort Lauderdale (Davie), FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–September 28, 2007–Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announced today it was awarded a $2.8 million Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institution grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Fischler School of Education & Human Services undergraduate program. The grant, paid over a five-year period, will provide support to develop research-based programs targeted at increasing Hispanic student engagement and leading to academic success.
“We are honored that the U.S. Department of Education recognizes NSU’s leadership in Hispanic education,” said Ray Ferrero, Jr., J.D. – President of NSU. “The grant is intended to strengthen NSU’s capacity as a Hispanic-serving institution especially in the undergraduate areas of student acquisition, retention and graduation.”
Initiatives to be developed by NSU’s Fischler School of Education & Human Services include programs improving student success and building competence. In addition, the grant will provide continuous learning through professional development of faculty. The grant will supplement other programs at NSU that enhance access and affordability for minority and disadvantaged students.
“NSU is one of six private four-year universities in the country to receive this grant,” said Larry Calderon, Ed.D. Vice President for Community and Government Affairs at NSU. “We are grateful for the support of Senator Mel Martinez’s leadership in making critical legislative reforms to improve and update the program.”
“Florida’s Hispanic population is rapidly growing but the college graduation rates among this community are lagging. These programs are intended to help Hispanic students achieve greater academic success,” Martinez said. “I commend NSU for working to improve the retention and graduation rates of Hispanics. Benefiting this community will benefit our state.”
In order to be considered for the grant an educational institution must have at least 25 percent Hispanic population enrolled in undergraduate studies. As well, the university had to demonstrate significant need in providing access to the Hispanic community and a commitment to address the need long-term.
NSU awards more post graduate and first professional degrees to Hispanic and African American students than any other University in the United States. During the 2006-2007 academic year, NSU provided need-based grants to over 1,700 students. Of these grants, more than 1,000 were awarded to minority students.
About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Davie, Florida, Nova Southeastern University is a dynamic fully accredited institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs of distinction from preschool through the professional and doctoral levels. NSU has more than 26,000 students and is the sixth largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally. The university awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, early childhood, psychology and other social sciences. For more information visit http://www.nova.edu.