Carper vows to push for DSU funding

DOVER — Making a collective pitch for federal funds to boost limited resources, Delaware State University representatives hosted a receptive audience on Wednesday afternoon.

The hour-long lunch guest — U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. — hopes his upcoming contacts with Congressional colleagues go just as well.
Nearly $887,000 targeted to provide technology upgrades, improved library services, student testing support and increased math and science budgeting at DSU is pending.

Passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 17, the “Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act” provides mandatory funding for historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.

The Senate hasn’t yet approved the money allocation and future funding lapsed on Sept. 30. The current funding includes $85 million to HBCUs overall, part of a $255 million annual package to minority-serving institutions.

Sen. Carper departed the roundtable discussion with a vow to advocate in Washington for the continuation, taking particular interest in providing support to train more minority male educators and create role models.

Senior Jahad Niebauer explained the importance of continuing to digitize the university to meet current students needs while Ph.D. candidate Azubuike Okorie stressed the value in adding teaching assistants for mathematics courses.

“Many students struggle with math in general and professors with adjunct status aren’t always available to provide individual attention,” Mr. Okorie said.
“The TAs are often responsible for helping students learn concepts and bring them down to earth for easier understanding.
“Each TA now takes two classes and one class for each TA would be far more effective.”

Considering a 28 percent increase in enrollment in the past decade while other HBCU’s have dropped more than 20 percent, along with a rising retention rate bolstering overall student success, current Provost and President to be Tony Dr. Allen considers DSU a great investment. He described the FUTURE Act’s impact as “crucial” and “critical to our ability to be effective in our core (mission) to (create and foster) student success.”

Dr. Bob Martin expressed how $264,403 in the funding package increases budding educators through PRAXIS support for teacher certification and other required mandatory testing.

Head librarian Tracey Hunter-Hayes touted research support that $174,205 brings.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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