McMurry and Cisco Receive Multimillion Dollar Title V Grant

  Alaisha Montanez
  Friday, November 2, 2018 1:25 PM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

 McMurry University is excited to announce that McMurry and Cisco College have been selected to receive a US Department of Education Title V Cooperative Grant. The five-year grant will provide $3.75M to the two institutions. Funding began October 1, 2018.

These highly competitive grants are awarded to outstanding Hispanic-serving institutions for strengthening efforts to foster and expand opportunities for Hispanic success in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This grant will support the addition of two new degree programs at McMurry, articulation agreements with Cisco College and growth of research efforts on both campuses to provide enrichment and training in knowledge and skills relevant to future career goals of students. The funds will also improve the facilities and instrumentation for teaching and conducting research.

“Our goal is to attract, retain, support and prepare Hispanic students to become STEM leaders for the future,” said Alicia Wyatt, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at McMurry University. “Our innovative programs and opportunities to support and graduate Hispanic students from college STEM programs will be a model strategy transferable to other colleges and universities. The measures we will put in place will impact the success of all Cisco and McMurry STEM students.”

The new degree programs at McMurry will be Human Health Science, which focuses on programs leading to careers in public health and healthcare professions, and Sustainability and Renewable Resources, a program centered on scientific and social responses to bring long-term health to society and the environment. Articulation agreements will enable smooth transfer from preparatory programs at Cisco into the bachelor of science programs at McMurry. 

McMurry and Cisco science faculty will work together to engage students in research experiences that connect both campuses, provide bilingual admission counseling to streamline the transfer process and support Spanish speaking families and focus on degree paths that offer marketable skills in addition to certificates, associate of science and bachelor of science degrees. 

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