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Ed Department awards college improvement grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Sept. 30 that 63 grant awards, totaling nearly $53 million, from the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program will go to several colleges and universities that serve American Indian students.

The grant awards are meant to provide funding to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

“Reforming Native education has never been more important,” Duncan said. “To do what is best for Native students, we must collaborate with people who know the students and communities. These grants will provide funding to help tribal colleges and universities offer high quality educational opportunities for American Indian students.”

The institutions receiving grant awards can use the funding for a variety of authorized activities.

There are 36 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities in the United States. They serve approximately 30,000 full- and part-time students and offer two-year associate degrees in more than 200 disciplines with some providing bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as 200 vocational certificate programs.

More information is available online.