By Catherine Doss
Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 32 - June 5, 1997
A delegation of administration and faculty representatives from 11 historically black colleges and universities visited the Virginia Tech campus in May for an exchange of information and ideas designed to foster mutually beneficial partnerships. The president, chief academic officer, and a faculty member from each institution were Virginia Tech's guests for a day-and-a-half of tours, discussions, and demonstrations.
"This was a Virginia Tech initiative," said Senior Vice President and Provost Peggy S. Meszaros. "We hope this visit planted the seeds for future projects with these institutions. There is much we can learn from each other."
Meszaros says as the partnerships evolve, Virginia Tech hopes to gain insights about how to create higher-education environments that nurture students successes, particularly those of African American undergraduates as well as assistance in recruiting and retaining minority graduate students. The African American delegation will, in turn, learn more about the university's initiatives in computing, information, and communication technology, how the university is using this expertise to provide innovative ways of learning for students, and what the university offers in the way of graduate and research programs.
"Partnerships with these institutions may take a variety of forms such as faculty and student exchanges, instructional technology initiatives, joint research, and summer-internship programs" Meszaros said. "Virginia Tech is committed in increasing the pool of African American scholars in our nation's universities and professionals in our workplaces."
The institutions that were represented were: Norfolk State University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union, Hampton University, and Saint Paul's College in Virginia; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Delaware State University; West Virginia State College; Livingstone College, Winston-Salem State University, and North Carolina A & T University.