From the Director
We are delighted to welcome 2013
with renewed energy and commitment to the programs we administer. While we are
aware of the budgetary uncertainties, we are hopeful that FY 2013 Non-Competing
Continuation grants for all programs will be awarded in due time, and we thank
you for submitting your Annual Performance Reports.
On another note, we are pleased
to inform you that the HSI Division has been hard at work planning the project
directors’ meeting and that for the first time this year we will be welcoming
over 3,000 grantees from multiple programs
throughout the Office of Postsecondary Education.
Finally, as of next week, I will
be assuming a new role as Director of the International Studies Division in the
Office of International and Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department
of Education. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the HSI Division
staff for their collegiality and for their dedication to our mission. It has
been a true privilege to work with members of the entire staff. Ralph Hines will join
the Division as the new Director. He looks forward to meeting and working with
all of you.
For students at Los
Angeles Mission College, the search is over for answers to their most
pressing questions about MLA formatting, resume writing and more.
With the robust and growing resources of the Academic
Success Center, this southern California college is aiming to create a one-stop
shop as part of the institution’s larger plan to improve student retention and
progress in disciplines including English, Science and ESL.
The center was created after the college received a $2.8
million grant in 2009 through Title V, “Developing Hispanic-Serving
Now entering its third year, the project has allowed the
college to, among others:
Develop curriculum that focuses on students’
critical thinking skills;
- Hire tutors, who work directly with students to
increase their reading and writing skills;
- Create videos that help students better prepare for
the crucial English assessment test, Accuplacer, which can dramatically
affect students’ studies.
In a testimonial video, one student credits the Academic
Success Center, also known as ASC, with helping her to improve her English
grades. After visiting the center 2-3 times a week for about a month, Latasha
McClellan said she saw her once-failing grades steadily rise and even received an
A- on her midterm exam.
“Before using the ASC, I lacked confidence and maturity
in my writing skills,” McClellan said. “What I like best about the ASC is that
the tutors are so willing to help you.”
Hines has held a variety of programmatic and management positions
during his tenure with the Department, including Director of the Fund for the
Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and Director of International
and Foreign Language Education.
has served the public in a great variety of professional activities, including
work with governmental and non-governmental advisory groups and task forces in
the United States and abroad that focused on the totality of the federal
education effort, particularly in the areas of international education and
exchanges, graduate education, and postsecondary education reform and
innovation. His professional activities have included travel and
consultations in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the
Caribbean. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Norfolk State
University and the George Washington University, respectively, and a Senior
Executive Fellows certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Andrea Zimmermann joins
the HSI Division as a program and staff assistant. Andrea comes to the
U.S. Department of Education with a breadth of knowledge and experience that
surely will be appreciated in the Office of Postsecondary Education. In
July, she returned to the U.S. after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for
three years in Ukraine. While there, she taught at a teacher’s college and
gifted high school, where she worked to develop youth leadership programming
and innovative teacher training seminars. She also led a citywide HIV/AIDS peer
education campaign for the 30 schools in the city and she acquired some
proficiency in Ukrainian and Russian.
Andrea received a master’s degree
in public affairs journalism from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a
bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in women’s studies from Southern
Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to her time in the Peace Corps, Andrea
worked as a freelance journalist for publications throughout her native state
2013 Directors' Meeting
Remember to register for the Higher Education Programs (HEP) Directors' Meeting scheduled to take place from March 26-28, 2013, at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This meeting has been developed specifically for each grantee's project director or equivalent primary contact person.
Visit hepmeetings.com and register today!
We are delighted to note that up
to this date more than 455 prospective applicants have participated in the DHSI
technical assistance webinars. We will be hosting additional informational
sessions about the grant application process on the following dates:
- 2/21/2013 at 2 PM EST
- 3/14/2013 at 2 PM EST
this link for more webinar information.