Elizabeth City State University welcomes Diane A. Jones, assistant secretary for postsecondary
education (US Department of Education),Â as a guest speaker at a two-day conference,
March 27-28, 2008 at the Kermit E. White Graduate and Continuing Education Center.
The assistant secretary will open the March 27 workshop at 8:30 a.m. with a session,
"The State of Education," a discussion of current and future goals and objectives
for education.Â The workshop, Establishing Partnerships Through Research Workshops
is open to the public but reservations, $200,Â can be paid at the entrance door.
President George W. Bush nominated Diane A. Jones as assistant secretary for postsecondary
education (US Department of Education) on May 22, 2007, and she was confirmed to her
post by the US Senate on Aug. 1, 2007. As assistant secretary, she is the principal
advisor to the secretary on all Departmental matters related to postsecondary education
and her office administers numerous federal programs that support higher education
Under the Higher Education Act's Title IV, the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
oversees Federal Student Aid programs, which provide financial assistance to eligible
students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions. Through its TRIO and
GEAR UP programs, OPE seeks to help disadvantaged students prepare for, enter and
succeed in higher education. Moreover, her office administers the Fund for the Improvement
of Postsecondary Education, which is focused on stimulating innovation to improve
the quality of higher education. OPE also administers grant programs focused on strengthening
the capacity of colleges and universities that serve low-income and minority students
through a number of programs, including those targeted to Hispanic-Serving Institutions
and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Finally, OPE directs a number of
international education programs, including the well-known Fulbright and Javits programs.
During the workshop participants will:
Learn grant writing essentials and best practices
Receive agency funding updates and network with various participating agencies
Acquire tips from the experts to increase funding
Discover opportunities for faith-based grants
Review federal regulations and policies
Strengthen partnerships and collaborations for research
The workshop hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Kermit E. White Graduate and Continuing
Education Center is located at 1704 Weeksville Road in Elizabeth City, NC.
Registration for the workshop also includes a 7 p.m. banquet featuring motivational
speaker Mr. Herman Boone. Boon was the high school football coach portrayed by Denzel
Washington in the 2000, movie, "Remember the Titans."
The Office of Sponsored Programs, Contracts, and Grants at Elizabeth City State University
conducts an aggressive and comprehensive sponsored research program to support teaching,
research, and community outreach. The staff assists administrators, faculty, staff,
students and community leaders in presenting research opportunities and proposal writing
to acquire funds and equipment from external sources for programmatic improvements.
The staff also helps with contracts negotiation for sponsored research.
For more information, call Eundene Brown, 252-335-3108, email@example.com or Vandalyn