In September 2001, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) was awarded a cooperative agreement with the Department of Commerce NOAA Educational Partnership Program. NCAS is a cooperative partnership between four (4) minority-serving institutions (MSI): Howard University (HU) — the lead institution, Jackson State University (JSU), the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); and two (2) majority universities: University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), and the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA). The four MSI partners possess the highest concentrations of African American and Hispanic students in the physical sciences, engineering, and atmospheric-related disciplines, including meteorology, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
This cooperative agreement and the related activities under the NCAS and other cooperative programs at Howard University, are aimed at ensuring “the production of high-quality students through high-quality research and collaborative discovery”. NCAS is dedicated to: (1) producing a diverse group of highly-trained professionals for NOAA and the broader atmospheric and environmental sciences workforce; and (2) performing research and applications in the areas of climate, weather, and air quality prediction and analyses in support of the National Weather Service (NWS) missions in “Weather and Water” and “Climate”.