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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 19 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity, and physical plants as a result of a $227.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education today.

The five-year grants—Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities— will include activities such as curriculum reform; counseling and student service programs; establishing teacher education programs designed to qualify students to teach; acquiring real-estate property in connection with construction, renovations, or additions that may improve campus facilities; and funding faculty and staff development. In addition, funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which African Americans are underrepresented.

“HBCUs have made enduring, even staggering contributions to American life despite the steep financial challenges many have faced,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The grants will help these important institutions continue to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy.”

The Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant is administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education. For additional information on the grant program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3b/index.html.

Alcorn State University


Coahoma Community College


Hinds Community College


Jackson State University


Mississippi Valley State University


Rust College


Tougaloo College


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