LONG ISLAND,NY – Farmingdale State College is the only college or university in New York State to win a 2015 First in the World (FITW) US Department of Education grant. One of only 17 awarded from a national pool of 300 competitors, the grant* provides $2.9 million in funding that will be used by the college through September 2019, providing innovative educational programs for FSC students.
“This is great news for Dr. Beverly Kahn, Project Director for the First in the World grant, and especially for our students,” said Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen. “Providing innovative mentored research experiences which will assist our students to graduate within four years and gain experiences that will serve them well in the development of their careers is a win-win for everyone.”
The grant’s theme – Creating Research Opportunities for Students – has the goal of improving four-year graduation rates by 20% over Farmingdale’s baseline for first-year and transfer students. The program will support on-campus research and place faculty and students in mentored research experiences off campus in national laboratories, research universities, business accelerators, and other research venues.
Farmingdale State College was awarded 2.9 Million Dollars from the Department of Education to be used for various programs for students to benefit and assist programs guided towards innovative educational learning. Photo courtesy of Farmingdale State College.
“This is a major achievement for Farmingdale State College, one that aligns with SUNY’s completion agenda and our system-wide commitment to applied learning,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Congratulations to Farmingdale State College on earning this highly-selective and much-deserved national grant.”
As part of this effort, Farmingdale has created partnerships with four other institutions: Bowie State University (MD), Central Connecticut State University, Kean University (NJ), and SUNY College at Old Westbury. With grant funding, Farmingdale will extend assistance to its partners in its “Mid-Atlantic Consortium,” enabling them to replicate the best practices in applied learning that will be developed at Farmingdale. Over the course of four years, a total of 3,600 students at the five institutions will benefit from engaged teaching and research experiences.
FITW grants are designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions, and provide evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in post-secondary education. Grants target students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing post-secondary programs, including adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.
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