WEST HAVEN — The University of New Haven has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to boost engineering student retention rates.
The five-year grant permits UNH’s Tagliatela College of Engineering to participate in A Scholarship Program to Increase Retention in Engineering (ASPIRE), an NSF initiative to increase the retention rate of engineering students, especially those from underrepresented groups and with financial needs.
xanax no prescription program will permit the university to provide scholarships to sophomore and junior students who have financial need and have demonstrated merit. UNH will also award scholarships to community-college transfer students, and provide support services including engineering tutors and mentors to guide the students.
“One of the benefits of awarding scholarships to these students is that they will gain confidence and more time to participate in the extracurricular programs, including service, internships and other activities, that the college has to offer reducing the need to work to support their studies,” said Ronald Harichandran, dean of the Tagliatela College.
“Our data shows that 85 percent of our UNH students need financial aid, however, the university cannot fully meet all of their needs,” Harichandran added. “The average gap between financial aid and what is still needed for engineering students enrolled in 2010-11 was $7,400, which makes it very difficult for students with families — particularly women — to complete their degrees on time.”
Many students in the UNH engineering program work at least part-time, the dean noted, and each year more than 20 percent reduce their course load from full- to part-time in order to work more hours.
Benefits of the program will include allowing some of those students to remain as full-time, improving academic performance, allowing students to graduate sooner, and helping students focus more buy xanax online no prescription academics during their sophomore and junior years.
The Tagliatela College offers bachelor’s degrees in chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering.
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