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Education Department Awards $12.3 Million to Strengthen Educational Opportunities at Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions

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Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $12.3 million to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. These two-year grants are being awarded to 11 campuses in Hawaii and Alaska to improve their academic quality, instruction and facilities. They will carry out a wide range of activities such as faculty development and exchanges, curriculum development, counseling services, and the purchase or upgrading of library materials or laboratory equipment.

"It's critical that we improve academic outcomes and increase the college graduation rate of Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students," Duncan said. "These grants will enhance the capacity and quality of schools to better prepare students for success in college and careers, for leadership and service to their communities, and to lead fulfilling lives."

To be eligible for grants through this program, an institution must have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 20 percent Alaska Native or 10 percent Native Hawaiianstudents.

More information about the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institution program can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduesannh/index.html

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