Underrepresented students are about to get a lift on the road to a doctoral degree. A new $1 million grant will fund one-year fellowships for underrepresented students, with the goal of helping these students prepare for doctoral studies. The grant from the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education will fund one-year fellowships for up to 48 students over the next five years.
Associate Professor Todd Fletcher began Resplandor in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2009 to promote education and health in nearby rural communities, and thereby, improve social and economic development. The nonprofit center offers health and sex education, nutrition, and early childhood education.
The UA has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy.
The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning got a boost when it was awarded $26,000 from the UA Green Fund. The award will be used to provide UA students with opportunities to participate in educational experiences in environmental learning both on the main campus and through community outreach at the center, which is located 20 minutes west of campus in the Tucson Mountains. Each year, the Green Fund awards up to $400,000 to support projects that make the UA a more sustainable place to live, work, and learn.
The Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2016: The Transformation Continues, written by Educational Policy Studies & Practice Professor Jeff Milem (now the College of Education dean at the University of California Santa Barbara) and graduate students W. Patrick Bryan and Karina G. Salazar, details trends in demographics and education in Arizona. Selected data from the P-12 and higher education sectors are highlighted to provide information about some of the significant educational challenges and opportunities our state faces.
As the call intensifies for stronger polices and practices to improve diversity and inclusion within the nation's higher-education sector, our Project SOAR program is responding.
Project SOAR (Student Outreach for Access & Resiliency), established 10 years ago, regularly involves more than 100 undergraduate students in the examination of college access and equity issues, training them to serve as mentors to middle school students.
The quality of our future depends largely on the quality of today's education. Those who will solve the world's toughest challenges are likely studying, right now, in classrooms across the United States.
Teaching has never been more vital to our future. Yet, our state and country face serious challenges that prevent teachers from thriving. Young teachers often land in distressed schools that test their resolve. Many leave the profession entirely, abandoning their gifts and cutting short their dedication to a better tomorrow.