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July 2021

ASUN selected to join NSF’s Project Vision

Arkansas State University-Newport is one of thirteen community colleges that comprise the newest cohort of a National Science Foundation (NSF) effort designed to help colleges, especially those in rural areas and with relatively new presidents, to become familiar with the agency and its grant programs.

Project Vision focuses on two-year colleges that have not participated over the past several years in programs through NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), particularly the Advanced Technological Education program, or they have had challenges building momentum to start new STEM workforce endeavors. It aims to help selected colleges develop ideas that align with DUE funding as well as grow capacity so they can regularly submit proposals for NSF. This includes working with subject matter experts that can help participants learn how to write strong grant proposals.

The selected colleges are:

• Arkansas State University – Newport
• Berkshire Community College (Massachusetts)
• Corning Community College (New York)
• Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa)
• Edgecombe Community College (North Carolina)
• Gallatin College Montana State University
• Glen Oaks Community College (Michigan)
• Maysville Community & Technical College (Kentucky)
• Miles Community College (Montana)
• Minnesota West Community College
• Montcalm Community College (Michigan)
• The College of Menominee Nation (Wisconsin)
• Tompkins Cortland Community College (New York)

"In a time of shrinking student enrollments, decreased state funding, and high attrition rates, our university needs additional revenue streams to remain flexible, affordable, competitive, and relevant," Chancellor Dr. Johnny M. Moore said. "As is the case with most small rural community colleges, we do not have the expertise nor the capacity to regularly submit competitive grant proposals that are strategically aligned with the university’s mission and priorities. The Project Vision Cohort is just what the doctor ordered. Former NSF experts will provide guidance and support that will enable us to have a more comprehensive approach to build our institutional capacity to pursue and manage grants that will strengthen our academic programs, especially in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM)."