B-CU Awarded Nearly $3 Million by US Department of Education

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Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) has been awarded nearly $3 million by the United States Department of Education.

The university was one of 97 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. – including the four in Florida – that will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, and physical plants as a result of a $227.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We are thrilled that the Department of Education has recognized the important workthat historically black colleges and universities around the nation are doing,” noted B-CU’s Interim President Edison O. Jackson. “These funds will help us continue to provide the student-centered, high-quality B-CU Experience that our students deserve.”

Bethune-Cookman plans to specifically use the funds to:

The five-year grants—Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities—will support HBCUs nationwide with activities such as curriculum reform; counseling and student service programs; establishing teacher education programs designed to qualify students to teach; acquiring real-estate property in connection with construction, renovations, or additions that may improve campus facilities; and funding faculty and staff development. In addition, funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which African Americans are underrepresented.

"HBCUs have made enduring, even staggering contributions to American life despite the steep financial challenges many have faced," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "The grants will help these important institutions continue to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy."

The Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant is administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education. For additional information on the grant program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3b/index.html.

For more information on Bethune-Cookman University, please visit www.cookman.edu.


Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.

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