Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Harrisburg University pretends to get another grant

As you may recall, I talked about Harrisburg University pretending to get a $400K NSF grant back in November of 2011. Well, they are at it again. HU recently claimed they received a $250K grant form the Keck foundation. In a press release title "Harrisburg University Receives $250,000 Grant from Keck Foundation" they state "Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has received a $250,000 grant from the Keck Foundation to implement an effort to promote, support and sustain college-level science education reform....."

Of course, it turns out that that simply isn't true. Harrisburg University will not get the grant money. The grant was awarded to SENCER, an organization that keeps an office at HU. The grant is going to be used to help improve science education in the western United States.

I'll just repeat what I wrote in 2011:

The truth is the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and its SENCER program are only hosted by Harrisburg University. It's true the director, David Burns claims to be a Professor of General Studies at Harrisburg University. However, Mr. Bruns is not engaged with the Harrisburg University community in any way. He has never taught a class at the Harrisburg University, he does not live in Pennsylvania and he teaches at another college in New Jersey. Neither Mr. Burns nor SENCER conducts any research at or with anyone from Harrisburg University. There are no leadership or senior associates at SENCER that are associated with Harrisburg University. No students from Harrisburg University benefit from SENCER in any way.

Harrisburg University lists the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) as one of its research centers. SENCER is the NCSCE's signature program. In this way, the NCSCE director feigns professorship at Harrisburg University and receives support for NSF grants and a $160K annual salary. In exchange, Harrisburg University can pretend they have a research center. The university uses the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement as a marketing tool.

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