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August 25, 2009

Seven Colleges Share $1.75 Million to Increase College Enrollment, Completion for Veterans

The U.S. Education Department has awarded seven colleges $250,000 each to operate Veterans Upward Bound programs that help veterans develop academic and other skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate of enrollment and completion of postsecondary education programs.

August 25, 2009

Secretary Duncan Awards $6.3 Million to Colleges and Universities to Strengthen Minority Participation in STEM-Related Employment

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 32 colleges and universities have been awarded $6.3 million in grants to help underrepresented students earn doctoral degrees, strengthen science and engineering education, and better prepare students for careers in science and technology.

July 30, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Employs 158 College and Graduate Students in Summer Internships

More than 150 college and graduate students have answered President Obama's call to service while interning at the U.S. Department of Education this summer. The 158 interns are from 93 different colleges and universities and are working in 21 different offices throughout the Education Department.

July 28, 2009

Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to the National Council of La Raza

I realize that I am speaking at the end of a conference where you've already heard from a roster of impressive speakers. I am going to try to keep my comments brief. Adlai Stevenson once said that the best after-dinner speech he ever heard was: "Waiter, I'll take the check."

July 21, 2009

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Issues Statement on Report That Profiles Successful Pell Grant Recipients

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement on the release of the National Center for Education Statistics report A Profile of Successful Pell Grant Recipients: Time to Bachelor's Degree and Early Graduate School Enrollment.

June 17, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Expands Its Student Loan Servicing Capacity

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that four companies were awarded contracts to service a portion of the approximately $550 billion outstanding federal student loan portfolio held by the Department. The selected contractors will also service loans originated by and sold to the Department in the future.

July 17, 2009

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. Appointed Executive Director for White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

July 12, 2009

Deputy Under Secretary Robert Shireman's Remarks at the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators

Thank you for the generous introduction. As someone who has spent much of a career immersed in federal education policy, it is a thrill to have a large audience of people who won't bolt for the door if I talk about things like ISIRs, dependency overrides, and Experimental Sites.

July 9, 2009

More Than $5 Million Awarded in College Assistance Migrant Program Grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the award of 13 grants totaling $5,363,734 to programs in nine states that will help migrant students enter and succeed in college.

July 9, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $9.7 Million to Higher Education Institutions for Emergency Management Plans

Twenty six colleges and universities will be able to develop and strengthen their emergency management plans as a result of more than $9.7 million in Emergency Management for Higher Education discretionary grants awarded today by the U.S. Department of Education, with assistance from the U.S.