The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received the 1890 International Student Development Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
As a part of ongoing efforts to highlight exemplary achievements at 1890 land-grant institutions, the association recently honored 15 recipients of the inaugural 1890 Land-grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards during a ceremony at the 126th APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The 1890 International Student Development Award is presented to the university that has the largest increase in undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs from 2011-2012 through 2012-2013. UAPB had a 133 percent increase in the number of undergraduate students participating in study abroad between 2012 and 2013.
“The recognition validates our strategy of integrating education abroad into the core academic mission through the increased engagement of faculty,” said Pamela D. Moore, associate director for global engagement, Office of International Programs and Studies.
A UAPB capacity-building grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which calls for developing a study-abroad protocol to assist with financial aid, orientation workshops for faculty and staff and small incentive grants to faculty and students will help to reinforce this trend, she said.
Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, the 1890 Awards recognize advances in teaching, research and innovation on 1890 university campuses and encourages advancement and development in these areas of national importance.