Ten Colleges and Universities Team Up to Increase Black Students and Faculty in Key Scientific Fields

Ten colleges and universities in Kentucky and West Virginia have entered into a partnership to recruit black and other minority students to study in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The Kentucky-West Virginia Alliance for Minority Participation hopes to double the number of minority students earning bachelor’s degrees in these disciplines over the next five years. Another goal of the program is to increase the number of minority students seeking teaching careers in the sciences.

The $2.4 million program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The director of the project is Lee T. Todd Jr., president of the University of Kentucky. Other colleges and universities in the state of Kentucky participating in the alliance are the University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, Western Kentucky University, Centre College, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. In West Virginia, the participating educational institutions are Marshall University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, and West Virginia State Community and Technical College.