Woodbury University Receives $3.4 Million in Federal
Tuesday September 29, 2009 - 12:43 PM EDT
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Author: Woodbury University
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BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Woodbury University will receive $2.8 million
from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years to expand its Master of Architecture program
and increase student opportunities including those for Hispanic students to succeed at the graduate level. In
addition, a $600,000 grant from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Arid
Lands Institute at Woodbury University will educate students and stakeholders about the complexities of
problems surrounding water in the West and seek solutions to this challenge in low-income communities.
The $2.8 million Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) grant will
provide state-of-the-art technological capacities for Woodbury's School of Architecture, add three-year and
one-year options to the current Master of Architecture program, and provide financial aid for deserving
students. Woodbury was awarded the grant based on the School of Architecture's exemplary record of
educating Hispanic and low-income students and the promise that enhancements to existing graduate
programs would provide additional opportunities for those same students to receive high-quality,
postsecondary degrees. The grant is part of the Title V program that aims to enhance the academic offerings,
program quality and stability of institutions educating a significant percentage of Hispanic students. This is
the first year that Title V has added support of post-baccalaureate programs.
Woodbury's School of Architecture provides a global academic experience for its students, more than 40
percent of whom are Hispanic. By integrating international study programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin
America, one of the program's main focuses is embracing the cultural and academic diversity of its students.
First-year retention rates for Latinos in the undergraduate program surpass the university average by almost 5
percent, and 90 percent of Latino students graduate within five years. The first students in the new Master of
Architecture program began their studies this past August.
"Woodbury is pleased to be recognized by the Department of Education for our commitment to helping
Hispanic students achieve their academic dreams," says Kenneth R. Nielsen, Ed.D., president, Woodbury
University. "Through this grant, the pathway to a promising future for these students will be made just a little
easier. Hispanic students will have significantly increased opportunities to earn master's degrees and build
stronger communities for the future."
Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) advocated for the Department of Education grant.
"I remain dedicated to expanding access to an affordable college education as it is one of the surest ways we
can build a stronger, more competitive American economy for years to come. That is why I am pleased that
Woodbury University, which continues to provide quality educational opportunities for our community,
received these federal funds," says Rep. Sherman.
The second grant--from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)--will support work
by the Arid Lands Institute (ALI) during the next three years. Recognizing water scarcity as the defining
challenge facing the West, Woodbury in 2008 initiated ALI, the only design-based institute of its kind in the
Working during the school year with the City of Burbank, and in the summer term with Rio Arriba County,
New Mexico, Woodbury's students and faculty will be providing no-cost planning and design assistance to
low-income communities working to devise sustainable water and energy strategies in the face of climate
change. The community partners have pledged over $100,000 in donated technical assistance from planners,
engineers, and water commissioners.
ALI will work closely with Woodbury's School of Architecture and Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies to
lead a faculty and student effort to implement a public education program on design solutions for water and
energy conservation; generate innovative designs for rural and urban communities throughout the West; and
produce web-based and print publications that promote new approaches to water and energy management.
These programs will educate students and stakeholders about the complexities of the problems surrounding
water in the West, and foster creative approaches to solving those urgent, yet heavily nuanced, problems.
"This is an astounding achievement for a young organization and is owing to the vision of ALI co-directors
and Woodbury architecture instructors Hadley and Peter Arnold and the support of many in the community,
both on and off campus," says Norman Millar, dean, School of Architecture, Woodbury University. "It is
important work that will be done, and we are proud to be part of it and proud that HUD has recognized its
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern
California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School
of Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master
of Architecture, Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development, and Master of Organizational
Leadership. A San Diego campus offers bachelor of architecture and Master of Architecture in Real Estate
SOURCE Woodbury University
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