The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of $3.95 million to support colleges and universities serving Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders through the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program. The program supports projects such as curriculum development, campus construction, lab equipment acquisition, tutoring, distance learning and Internet service enhancements.
"These funds will help lay the groundwork for improving job opportunities for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders by giving them the skills they need to compete in the 21st century, global economy," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The grants will help fund various efforts including:
Faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees
Purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials.
Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success
Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries.
Establishing or improving a development office to strengthen or improve contributions from alumni and the private sector
Establishing or improving an endowment fund
Creating or improving facilities for Internet or other distance learning academic instruction capabilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services