President Obama's 2011 budget calls for the elimination of three National Science Foundation programs, according to Paul Basken of the Chronicle for Higher Education: the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, and the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program. Instead, the NSF will receive $103 million for a program called Comprehensive Broadening Participation of Undergraduates in STEM. NSF director Arden Bement says that with the approach of spending by racial group, there hasn't been a significant increase in the number of minority students majoring in the sciences. But Basken says some people are unhappy with the plan; competition for funding could undermine the relationships between institutions that serve minority students.
NSF Tries to Lure Minority Students to Science
Mar 12, 2010