Education Department Supports Minority-Serving Institutions with $2.9 Million Award

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it awarded more than $2.9 million to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students by supporting institutions that serve them.

Grants will be awarded to 10 campuses to improve their academic quality, instructions, and facilities. Specifically, funds will allow these institutions to carry out a wide range of activities and improvements in the areas of faculty development and exchanges, curriculum development, counseling services, and technology upgrades.

“These funds will enhance the quality of these schools to better prepare Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students for success in college and careers by giving them the skills they need to compete in the 21st century, global economy,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release.

In order to be eligible for grants through this program, an institution must have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander.

Highline College, a 2015 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, is among the grant awardees.

All institutions receiving grant money include:


San Jose Evergreen Community College District (Evergreen Valley College) – $281,000

Coast Community College District (Coastline Community College) – $300,000

South Orange County Community College District (Irvine Valley College) – $300,000

Mission College – $300,000


Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois – $274,023


University of Massachusetts Boston – $299,999


Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education (University of Nevada Las Vegas) – $299,999


Richland College – $300,000


Highline College – $300,000

Northern Marianas Island

Northern Marianas College – $269,023

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