To broaden its impact among two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation (NSF) asked community college educators to explain the challenges they face when applying for grants and suggest emerging issues the NSF should consider funding.
“Frankly, I don’t think we’ve heard enough from you in the past and we want to have more dialogue,” Barbara Olds told about 300 community college educators attending a meeting the NSF convened this month in partnership with theAmerican Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
“We welcome your input” about the grants application process, said Olds, acting deputy assistant director and senior advisor for the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
“We know just how important the community college experience is for what happens in all areas, and particularly science, technology, engineering, and math,” said NSF Deputy Director Cora Marrett. She also asked community college educators to share their insights on the revision of two merit review criteria by sending comments to her online by July 14.