Building a Model of Collaboration Between Historically Black and Historically White Universities

ECSU Author/Contributor (non-ECSU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Bailey Hayden, Director of Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: Despite increases over the last two decades in the degrees awarded to underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, enhancing diversity in these disciplines remains a significant challenge. This paper describes a strategic approach to this challenge—the development of a collaborative partnership model between two universities: the historically black Elizabeth City State University and the historically white University of New Hampshire. The partnership, a type of learning organization built on a mutually-agreed upon set of principles, strives to enhance opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue careers in STEM disciplines, specifically those in Earth system science and remote sensing. In examining the partnership, six promising practices have helped advance the partnership. These practices include institutional commitment and faculty engagement, establishing mutual respect and shared time commitment, identifying an engaged leader, engaging critical change agents, initiating difficult dialogues, and preparing for growth and evolution. In reality, these practices overlap and integrate with the partnership principles, forming the foundation for an effective working partnership.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
HBCU, STEM, diversity, institutional collaboration

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