History of the RISE Program
In 1972, the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD) made a firm commitment to positively affect the engineering education of minority students, both in terms of recruitment and retention. The Minority Engineering Program (MEP) was established that year, and has evolved over nearly two decades to become a model program for minority, and other engineering students. In 1985, the name of the program was changed to RISE (Resources to Insure Successful Engineers), reflecting its broad impact and mission.
Administrative support, staffing, and other resources have expanded as the emphasis has shifted toward providing students with much more substantive assistance in achieving academic success as engineering students. The program reports to a Senior Assistant Dean who, in addition, coordinates the development and implementation of policies and programs that affect students both at the undergraduate and graduate level. RISE students are provided with the supportive services that they may need to be academically and professionally successful. Cooperative programs have been arranged with other student support services on campus, such as the Academic Services Center, to maximize the ability of the University to assist all students.
In addition to numerous supportive services provided
for RISE students by the institution, the University of Delaware
has also made a marked financial commitment directly to the RISE Program.
Recognizing the potential economic issues facing some talented
students, the University has committed significant scholarship funding
to the program over the years. In 1994, the National Science Foundation
through the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Minority Participation
(AMP) began funding a substantial portion of the RISE Program.