POWELL, Wyo. - Northwest College Dean of Student Learning and Academic Support Matthew P. Ewers has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in the United Kingdom during the month of August.
The grant announcement was made recently by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
“The research focuses on the impact of undergraduate transitional courses on the integration of students’ pre-college socio-psychological traits with institutional academic systems,” Ewers said. “I’m very honored to represent Northwest College as a Fulbright award recipient.”
The research is based at the University of East Anglia and University of Edinburgh and is part of a larger comparative analysis of degree completion initiatives in public US/UK higher education institutions.
Ewers, who joined NWC’s staff in 2011, will also work with UK faculty and administrators to establish institutional partnerships and articulation agreements for Northwest faculty and staff exchanges as well as international student transfer opportunities.
Ewers is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program next year. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program. It’s designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.