Paige Announces $27.2 Million in Grants to Improve College Programs for Disadvantaged and Minority Students

August 15, 2001

U.S. Secretary

of Education Rod Paige today announced that 102 colleges and universities that

serve a significant number of disadvantaged or minority students will receive

grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The awards will provide $27.2

million to improve academic programs, including engineering and science studies,

facilities, fiscal management and planning, and student services.


Bush is committed to seeing that all students have an equal opportunity to receive

a quality education," Paige said. "Enriched college programs can help

create a better, brighter future for these students and make it possible for

more minority students to pursue engineering and science degrees 3? fields

where they are underrepresented."

Awards announced

today are being made under two programs authorized by the Higher Education Act:

Title III, Part A, the Strengthening Institutions Program, and Part E, the Minority

Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP).

The Strengthening

Institutions Program helps eligible schools increase their self-sufficiency

by attracting and retaining students through better programs and facilities.

Separate competitions were held for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities

and for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions.

Fifty institutions

were awarded $22.2 million for development grants to carry out a variety of

activities that aim to improve programs, update technology, increase student

achievement, and offer faculty development. Some $5 million of the total grant

amount will be used for construction. Eleven grants will specifically benefit

tribally controlled colleges and one aims to improve the programs and facilities

at an institution that primarily serves an Alaska Native population. An additional

15 colleges will receive some $498,000 for planning grants to assess needs and

take steps to prepare a development grant application for the following year.

One of these is a tribally controlled college.

To be eligible,

all colleges must have a significant percentage of financially needy students

and have lower budgets than other comparable colleges. Development grants are

for five years; funding amounts listed are for the first year only. Planning

grants are for one year.

    An example of

    a Title III project:

    At Salish Kootenai

    College, on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Mont., the grant will

    be used for a variety of activities that aim to increase Indian student enrollment.

    A bachelor of science degree in elementary education will be created and delivered

    via the Internet to prepare Indian teacher aides for careers as professional

    teachers. The degree will be concentrated in five majors: special education,

    language arts, computer science, Native American studies, and early childhood

    education. In-service training courses will be created and delivered —

    also through distance education — to certified teachers on the reservation.

    And part of the grant will be used to add 10 classrooms to the college’s new

    science facility.

Under the MSEIP,

38 grants for $4.5 million are awarded to increase the number of qualified ethnic

minorities, especially minority women, in the fields of science and technical

careers by supporting long-range improvements in engineering and science disciplines

at predominantly minority institutions (more than 50 percent minority enrollment).

Thirty-six of these grants are development grants, funded for three-to-five

years, and two are one-year planning grants.

    An example of

    an MSEIP grant:

    A project at

    Texas Southern University in Houston is designed to improve mathematics and

    science instruction through the use of technology. Training will be provided

    for mathematics and science faculty in the development of instructional materials

    and use of technology to improve minority student success rates in science

    and mathematics.

Some $74 million

in continuation grants for both programs will be awarded later this summer.

In June, the department announced the award of 45 new grants totaling $19.4

million to Hispanic Serving Institutions. Part B grants totaling $230 million

to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Graduate Schools will be

awarded in the near future.


Institutions Program Fiscal Year 2001

Grant Recipients Development Grants

State City,

Grant Recipient, Contact, Phone,


Anchorage, Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage-Kodiak Coll, Douglas E. Hammer, 907-486-1220,

AL — Muscle

Shoals, Northwest-Shoals Cmty College, Anita Rhodes, 256-331-6237,


Dothan, Troy State University at Dothan, Elizabeth Van Loo, 334-983-6556,

AR — Melbourne,

Ozarka College, Diane Tebbetts, 870-368-7371,


Hope, Univ. of Arkansas Cmty Coll. at Hope, Jana Crank, 870-777-5722,

FL — Orlando,

Valencia Cmty College-East Branch, Melissa Pedone, 407-299-5000,


Dubuque, Clarke College, Margaret Feldner, 563-588-6406,

IL — Chicago,

East-West University, Madhu Jain, 312-939-0111,


Romeoville, Lewis University, Marcia Nackers, 815-836-5813,

IL — Palos Hills,

Moraine Valley Cmty College, Sharon Katterman, 708-974-5768,


Arkansas City, Cowley County Cmty College, Maggie Picking, 316-441-5289,

KS — Hutchinson,

Hutchinson Community College, Janet Hamilton, 620-665-3302,


Baltimore, Cmty College of Baltimore County, Henry F. Linck, 410-869-1258,

MI — Sault Ste.

Marie, Lake Superior State University, Kay Floyd, 906-636-2722,


St. Louis, Webster University, James Staley, 314-968-6910,

MS — Hattiesburg,

University of Southern Mississippi, Eddie A. Williams, 601-266-6633,


Washington, Beaufort County Cmty College, Doreen Richter, 252-946-6194,

ND — Bismarck,

University of Mary, Cheryl Kalberer, 701-255-7500,


Vineland, Cumberland County College, Mrs. Patricia Labonne, 856-691-8600,

NY — Brooklyn,

Cuny – Brooklyn College, Elizabeth Beaujour, 718-951-5864,


Watertown, Jefferson Community College, Sarah H. Baldwin, 315-786-2485,

NY — Valhalla,

Suny – Westchester Cmty College, Lucinda Fleming, 914-785-6827,


Marietta, Marietta College, Sue Dewine, 740-376-4814,

OH — Zanesville,

Muskingum Area Technical College, Pamela Jira, 740-588-1242,


Rio Grande, University of Rio Grande, Kent Williams, 740-245-7272,

OK — Ada, East

Central University, Duane Anderson, 580-332-8000,


Harrisburg, Harrisburg Area Cmty College, Lawrence Grulick, 717-780-2657,

PA — Latrobe,

Saint Vincent College, Rita Catalano, 724-537-4562,


Charleston, Charleston Southern University, Mary Gene Ryan, 843-863-7170,

SD — Aberdeen,

Northern State University, Robert Lehr, 605-626-7789,


Weatherford, Weatherford College, Shirley Chenault, 817-598-6337,

VA — Dublin,

New River Cmty College, Mark Rowh, 540-674-3617,


Lacey, Saint Martin’s College, Jacqueline Johnson, 360-438-4310,

WI — Depere,

St. Norbert College, Robert Rutter, 920-403-3090,


Fennimore, Sw Wisconsin Technical College, Ellen J. Lueck, 608-822-3262,

WV — Wheeling,

W. Virginia Northern Cmty College, Garnet Persinger, 304-233-5900,




Development Agreements

IL — Olney,

Il Eastern Cc/Olney Central, Chris Cantwell, 618-393-2982,




Institutions Program Fiscal Year 2001

Grant Recipients Planning Grants

State City,

Grant Recipient, Contact, Phone,


Pheonix City, Chattahoochee Vall Comm Coll, Johnny Mcmoy, 334-291-4939,

FL — Dayton

Beach, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ, Peter S. Quigley, 520-708-6954,

IL — Decatur,

Millikin University, Thomas Flynn, 217-424-6208,

ME — Augusta,

University of Maine, Thomas E. Abbott, 207-621-3342,

NC — Albemarle,

Stanly Community College, Charlotte Morris, 704-991-0250,

NE — Wayne,

Wayne State College, David G. Fuller, 402-375-7208,

NM — Gallup,

University of New Mexico, Robert Carlson, 505-863-7501,

OH — Cleveland,

Cleveland State University, Marie Zeglen, 216-687-7402,

PA — Media,

Pa Institute of Technology, Craig Jacobs, 610-892-1504,

SC — Kingstree,

Williamsburg Technical College, Gloria S. Burns, 843-355-4121,

SD — Brookings,

South Dakota State University, Carol J. Peterson, 605-688-4173,

TN — Harriman,

Roane State Community College, Karen L. Brunner, 865-882-4606,

TX — Amarillo,

Amarillo College, Kay Henard, 806-371-5426,

WI — Milwaukee,

Milwaukee Inst of Art & Design, Steven Kapelke, 414-276-7889,




Native and Native Hawaiian

Serving-Institutions Program Development Grant

AK — Valdez,

Prince William Sound Community College, Betty Rogers, 907-834-1660,




Controlled Colleges and Universities Program Development Grants

CA — Davis,

D-Q University, Morgan Otis, 530-758-0407,

MT — Lame Deer,

Dull Knife Memorial College, Brooke Gondara, 406-477-6215,

MT — Poplar,

*Fort Peck Community College, Warren Means, 406-768-5555,

MT — Pablo,

Salish Kootenai College, Michael O’donnell, 406-675-4800,

NE — Macy, *Nebraska

Indian Community College, Ross Primm, 402-837-5078,

ND — New Town,

Fort Berthold Community College, Liz Demaray, 701-627-4738,

ND — Belcourt,

*Turtle Mountain College, Larry Gorospe, 701-477-7862,

NM — Albuquerque,

*Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Rita N. Scala, 505-346-2335,

SD — Kyle, Oglala

Lakota College, Dowel Caselli-Smith, 605-455-2321,


Eagle Butte, Si Tanka College, Keith Jewett, 605-964-6045,