To support the expansion of the university’s writing center and writing-intensive courses throughout the university curriculum, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The three-and-a-half-year grant, awarded to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is the first the university has received from the Mellon Foundation. In addition, it is the first major award designated for North Carolina A&T arts and humanities programs.

“The Mellon Foundation Grant responds to some of the needs and challenges our academic enterprise has faced for several years,” said Provost Beryl McEwen. “Our ability to expand the writing center, and associated programs, will facilitate greater student success at all levels and strengthen the foundation for a more successful entrance into the workforce.”

The university’s continued focus on student retention and persistence rates, as well as a revision of general education requirements and curriculum guides, have necessitated an increased emphasis on writing, as well as math. The Mellon grant will support the success of the proposed “Enhancing Writing Proficiency across the Curriculum” initiative.

Originally published March 1, 2019.