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    Building Capacity in Family & Consumer Sciences Education and Dietetics Programs: A Model for Recruitment, Retention and Increased Graduation

    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: This proposed project addresses the need to attract more students from underrepresented groups into the food and agricultural sciences. It is a grant directed at the undergraduate level.  It targets recruitment efforts for junior and senior high school level college-bound students as well as transfer students from underserved minority communities. This proposal is intended to reform mainstream instructional practices and addresses future needs within the food and agricultural sciences system by pipelining high school and two-year college students into the degree programs in food and agricultural sciences via intra-school collaborations and outreach.

    This project addresses the critical recruitment and retention need in the Department of Human Ecology. It is designed to strengthen student recruitment and retention programs in family consumer sciences teacher education and dietetics in order to promote the future strength of the nation's scientific and professional workforce. This proposal has the potential to attract and retain students into two professions that are underserved by minority populations and to positively impact the viability of two important disciplines at an HBCU: family and consumer sciences teacher education and dietetics. Secondly, this proposal will have an impact upon and advance the quality of human ecology as a discipline by strengthening the institution's capacity to meet clearly delineated needs, including the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students from minority communities.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Grant

    CONTACT:  Dr. Nina Bennett, Acting Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology, nlbennett@umes.edu