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New Higher Ed Collaboration to Advance STEM Leadership

Four diverse and prominent institutions of higher education have joined forces to conduct research on proven leadership approaches to broadening participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). With the generous support of a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of the Virgin Islands and its partners -Fielding Graduate UniversityNorth Carolina A&T State University and the Association of American Colleges and Universities - have collaborated to launch the Center for Advancing STEM Leadership.

Over the next two years, the new center will study the historical and contemporary strategies used by leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in producing disproportionately high levels of underrepresented minority STEM graduates. The research will test the hypothesis that the success of Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCU) in broadening STEM participation has been due, in large measure, to an identifiable set of leadership styles and strategies that may be transferable to other institution types.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.