Archived Information

Education Department Awards $5.4 Million in Grants to 14 Institutions to Help Strengthen Postsecondary Institutions


Contact:  
Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $5.4 million in new grants to 14 colleges and universities as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). This initiative helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability of eligible institutions and build a framework to help students complete college.

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $5.4 million in new grants to 14 colleges and universities as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). This initiative helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability of eligible institutions and build a framework to help students complete college.

SIP funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including planning, faculty development, administrative management, the establishment of an endowment fund, and the development and improvement of academic programs. Institutions may also use the grant for other projects, such as allowing the joint use of instructional facilities, performing construction and maintenance activities, and developing student service programs designed to improve academic success, including providing innovative, customized instruction designed to help move students rapidly into core courses and retain them though program completion.

The program funds grants for a total of five years.

More information about the Strengthening Institutions Program can be found here.

A complete list of grantees follows, with first year funding:

Somerset Community College KY $383,561
Valencia College-West Campus FL $375,361
Central Carolina Community College NC $408,747
San Francisco State University CA $394,360
Renton Technical College WA $521,856
Bay Path College MA $399,957
Lehigh Carbon Community College PA $401,074
Orange County Community College NY $392,669
Fairmont State University WV $399,117
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC $398,586
Williston State College ND $399,900
Community College of Allegheny County PA $311,314
Monroe Community College NY $400,000
Saint Joseph’s College IN $299,160
TOTAL   $5,485,662