NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last week, after a rigorous and competitive application process, the American Council on Education (ACE) selected seven HBCUs to collaborate in the Creating Global Citizens: Exploring Internationalization at HBCUs project; subsidized by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Out of the seven, six belong to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) network of member schools. For TMCF, the selection further corroborates their work of readying the 235,000 students matriculating on public HBCU campuses to lead globally.
"In the 21st century, if we do not prepare our graduates to join the global workforce, our economy and country will fall behind. That is why the Department of Education's support for this effort and the work of these institutions is so critical," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.
Funding for the project is comprised of the U.S. Department of Education's International Studies and Research Grant Award ($357,976), in addition to a 35% ACE match ($191,479). TMCF will join the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Education (NAFEO), and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in forming an advisory group to supervise the project. Representing TMCF in the committee will be Dr. Eve Hall, Chief Innovation Officer.
"The opportunity for our six Thurgood Marshall College Fund member schools to engage in this international research grant with ACE means enhancement to their individual efforts of globalization and invaluable strategies from national experts to further their work in this critical area," said Dr. Hall. "The selected HBCUs represent the commitment of all of our TMCF member schools to enhance global learning endeavors for students and faculty."
The six TMCF member schools selected -- Howard University, Lincoln University of Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University, Savannah State University, Tuskegee University and Virginia State University, along with Dillard University -- will examine their international activities and strategize toward enhancing and expediting the internationalization process on their campuses. This progressive collaboration will pioneer leading-edge procedures and programs that will become a framework for future use of HBCUs.
For more information about Creating Global Citizens: Exploring Internationalization at HBCUs, visit www.acenet.edu.
ABOUT THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc. (TMCF), named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African American Justice, was established in 1987 and represents the nation's 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 6 law schools (HBCUs) and the 235,000 students matriculating on their campuses. With TMCF member schools educating approximately 80% of all students attending HBCUs, the organization's work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. TMCF achieves its vision of Changing the World . . . One Leader at a Time by focusing on three areas: Scholarships, Capacity Building & Programmatic Support, and Public Policy & Advocacy.
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. For up-to-the-minute information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.
SOURCE Thurgood Marshall College Fund