The Compact for Faculty Diversity is a partnership of regional, federal and foundation programs that focus on minority graduate education and faculty diversity. To date, the Compact partnership consists of: the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), the National Institutes of Health (Bridges to the Professoriate NIGMS-MARC), the National Science Foundation (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Office of Federal TRIO Programs, United States Department of Education (Ronald E. McNair Program).
The Compact for Faculty Diversity has a simple goal: to increase the number of minority students who earn doctoral degrees and become college and university faculty. By supporting and encouraging these minority students, the Compact works to:
The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is the primary coordinator, with support from representatives from WICHE, for all Institute operations. To obtain more information about the Compact, contact the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tammy Wright at Tammy.Wright@sreb.org
A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides support services from the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program to minority graduate students in the NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. The grant supports an initiative between the AGEP program and the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (a partnership that includes SREB states, other regional educational organizations, and federal and foundation programs that stress strengthening minority graduate education). The grant from the National Science Foundation will achieve two broad goals for AGEP scholars: 1) increase the likelihood of completing a Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and 2) encourage and prepare scholars for a career as a successful college faculty member.
By joining forces with SREB/Compact, AGEP alliances will encourage their minority graduate students nationwide to earn doctoral degrees.
New and current NIGMS-MARC predoctoral fellows are invited to participate in the Bridges to the Professoriate program which is part of the yearly meeting of the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. This program, supported by the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, provides doctoral students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in graduate school and to smoothly transition from the Ph.D. to a postdoctoral position and eventually to an academic position. The Bridges to the Professoriate program provides interested NIGMS-MARC predoctoral students and their faculty advisors financial support to attend the Institute’s meeting as Bridges attendees. The Bridges program will cover the costs for registration, travel, lodging, and meals for NIGMS-MARC predoctoral fellows and their faculty mentors/advisors. For more information contact Dr. Shawn Drew Gaillard. Send e-mail to Shawn.Gaillard@nih.gov or call 301-594-3900.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program is one of the TRIO Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. McNair participants are undergraduate students who are interested in attending graduate school and earning a doctoral degree.
Since 1998, McNair scholars and program directors/coordinators have participated in Institute activities. The Institute provides an opportunity for undergraduate McNair scholars to learn from the graduate experiences of over 500 Ph.D. scholars at the largest gathering of minority doctoral students in the country. Sessions designed especially for McNair attendees provides them with strategies to increase the likelihood of success in graduate school.
A limited number of McNair scholars and program directors/coordinators may participate in the Institute. Administrators of the McNair program identify scholars from their programs and nominate them for the Institute. Those McNair scholars and directors/coordinators who are selected to attend the Institute will receive all of the information needed to register and attend the Institute in late spring.
For information about the McNair Program contact the TRIO Program at (202) 502-7600 or by email at OPE_TRIO@ed.gov.
In 1999, the Compact received a three-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund the participation of selected Sloan scholars and faculty in the annual Institute. Due to the positive Institute evaluations and encouragement for continued support from Sloan scholars and program faculty/directors, the Sloan Foundation has renewed funding for Sloan participation in the Institute through 2005.
Only a limited number of Sloan scholars and their faculty mentors/directors may participate in the Institute each year and invitations are issued based on a nomination process. Nominations for Sloan Institute attendees will begin in July. Sloan faculty mentors/directors will receive instructions for nominating their scholar(s) on-line as well as a Personal Identification Number (PIN) which will be required to access the nomination form. This information will be mailed in summer 2005.
For information about the Sloan Program contact Elizabeth Boylan 212-649-1634 or by email at Boylan@sloan.org
The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is one of the founding members of the Compact. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program provides financial support to minority doctoral students and encourages them to seek careers as college faculty. Now in its 11th year of operation, the program has maintained a retention rate of almost 90 percent, and more than 70 percent of its graduates have begun careers in the professoriate and/or research.
For information about the SREB- State Doctoral Scholars Program contact Tammy Wright at (404) 875-9211 or by email at Tammy.Wright@sreb.org