The Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Services presented the University with its fifth annual “ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion” for its proposal to establish a new community of doctoral scholars to support underrepresented minority PhD students.
Dean of the University Graduate School Lakshmi Reddi accepted the award on FIU’s behalf, which included a two-year $20,000 grant.
The winning institution is selected on the strength of its proposal to meet the award’s goals: to enhance student success and degree completion at the master’s and doctoral levels through promising, innovative proposals, and to serve as a model for other schools.
The University’s winning proposal will create a new program called the Academy of Graduates for Integrative Learning Experiences.
The program will establish support for the professional development and timely completion of underrepresented minority students through specialized centers and offices, professional training modules and academic planning. The program will emphasize peer-mentoring, community service and engagement and interdisciplinary communication.
The selection committee noted that, as an institution with high underrepresented minority graduate enrollment, the University has an opportunity through AGILE to improve student success.
Reddi said in a statement that underrepresented minority students are vital to the University community.
“We are excited to support them with a new model for PhD student development that engages a broad group of campus organizations and graduate leaders,” Reddi said. “Most of all, we are eager to give students themselves greater opportunities to mentor and learn from one another as they explore their leadership potential.”