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Kutztown University gets $2.2 million federal grant

Kutztown University has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant, which will be paid out over five years, is for the college to implement a Title III program aimed at increasing undergraduate retention and graduation rates, as well as eliminating equity gaps for KU students.

The Strengthening Institutions Program will launch two primary activities that are intended to contribute to institutional growth and self-sufficiency.

“We know that students are more likely to have success if they feel connected to their university and engage in experiences that connect their education to their planned careers,” Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, KU provost and vice president for academic affairs, said in a release. “This Title III grant will allow us to provide these opportunities to students who might otherwise be unlikely to have them. We are thrilled that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the value of the work we have planned and is supporting that work through Title III.”

With the grant funding, KU will be able to take a variety of steps including creating new micro-internships, increasing study-away experiences and significantly increasing the number of course-based undergraduate research experiences.

The university will also support retention for academically at-risk students through a new student success program and adding a student success and academic recovery case manager to the school’s staff. In addition, KU will introduce online tutoring and expand  student support programs.

Finally, the grant will allow KU to move its career development center to the Rohrbach Library, bringing it to a location where other student services are housed.

Source: Berkshire mont

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