Ou, Langston Venture Program of Excellence
The Social and Behavioral Science Research Development Program, which addresses the need to increase the representation of minority students in the sciences in the Oklahoma system of higher education, is funded with a $145,617 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to OU's Center for Research on Minority Education.
Wanda E. Ward, director of the OU center, is heading up the two-year project between OU and Oklahoma's only historically black university.
Through the program, Ward said, OU will help Langston enhance its quality of undergraduate instruction in psychology, criminal justice and sociology.
"This project's scientific value lies in its enhancement of minority scholars' research capabilities - both at the faculty and student levels," Ward said. "It contributes to the proficiency of minority scholars at designing, implementing, analyzing and writing social science research.
"Additionally, this project emphasizes development of specific competencies with computer-based statistical analyses of research data.
"The educational value of this project," she added, "is reflected in the enhancement of instructional effectiveness and comprehensiveness at minority institutions. The departments targeted for this project will be able to enhance their course offerings by integrating additional state-of-the-art methods of conducting and analyzing research into the curriculum. …