UVA Heads Exchange Program To Increase Minority Tech Degrees

July 8, 2007

A new effort is hoping to double the average number of minorities completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation is made up of four historically black North Carolina schools and four majority white counterparts in Virginia.

It will combine exchange programs with personal instruction to bring the number of black, Latino and American Indian tech graduates to 1,050 over the next five years.

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville will lead the program, supported by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

North Carolina participants include Bennett College for Women, in Greensboro; Elizabeth City State University; Saint Augustine's College, in Raleigh; and Johnson C- Smith University, in Charlotte.

In addition to UVA, the Virginia participants are: George Mason University, in Fairfax; Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond; and Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg.

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