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Ascendium in the News October 16, 2020

UNCF Awarded $1.9 Million Ascendium Grant to Improve Academic and Career Outcomes of HBCU Students

Black female student at a bookshelfSource: Yahoo! Finance
Author: United Negro College Fund, Inc.

UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, announces today that it has been awarded a two-year grant from Ascendium Education Group to increase student success outcomes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Funding will allow the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building to continue its initiative to build promising practices across a three-pronged, network-based approach: guided pathways, curricular enhancements, and integrated co-curricular engagements for eight partnering HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). In addition, UNCF will focus on building the institutions’ readiness, partnerships, and faculty development opportunities. With this institutional transformation effort, UNCF will work to drive greater accountability by devising action plans for institutions and providing data informed support to ensure plan execution and evaluation.

The two-year grant was awarded to the following institutions:

  • Chicago State University
  • Martin University
  • CUNY Medgar Evers
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lincoln University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Lane College
  • Stillman College

The grant complements an existing seven-year investment from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help UNCF work with 23 HBCUs and one PBI with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of graduates that transition into meaningful careers in their chosen fields or to continue their education by attending a graduate program.

Read the full article on Yahoo! Finance.

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