Title III Funds Help Build New Campuses

Nov 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-2: Tribal College Research, Tribal College News

Several tribal colleges and universities received grants in August from the U.S. Department of Education Title III program for development and for construction. Title III of the Higher Education Act has a program for tribally-controlled colleges and universities to help them improve their academic quality, institutional management, and self-sufficiency.

Since the tribal colleges typically operated out of trailers, storefronts, and abandoned buildings, Congress several years ago authorized Title III construction grants to cover construction, renovation, maintenance, and technology. To qualify, tribal colleges must be accredited or pre-accredited and must have a high proportion of needy students.

Although the grants are substantial, the need is also substantial, according to the colleges, and many are experiencing record growth in enrollment. For example, Leech Lake Tribal College is housed in five buildings across the city of Cass Lake, MN, most of them substandard. The college received $1.4 million but needs a total of $20 million to complete its capital campaign.

Diné College received $1.9 million for technology improvement on its main campus but needs an additional $1 million to upgrade the technology on its other campuses. Northwest Indian College’s 15-year expansion plan will require $30 million.

The colleges and their grants are listed below. (Editor’s note: this list was compiled from several sources and may not be complete.)

  • Blackfeet Community College (Browning, MT), two grants for $3.1 million over five years to build an administrative services facility, renovate the student learning center and conduct research
  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, ND), $2.2 million over five years for a new technology curriculum, educational enhancement, and a full-time student advisor/counselor
  • Crownpoint Institute of Technology (Crownpoint, NM), $1.4 million
  • Fort Belknap College (Harlem, MT), $1.2 million for the construction of a technology center
  • Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM), $500,000 for construction
  • Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, MN), $1.2 million for Phase Two of the college’s “dream campus”
  • Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA), $1.2 million for a Center for Student Success, which will consolidate student services
  • Sisseton Wahpeton College (Sisseton, SD), $861,722 to comprehensively upgrade the campus
  • Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND), two grants, nearly $4 million over five years for a Family Education and Support Center and a Tribal Business Information and Entrepreneurial Center
  • Stone Child College (Box Elder, MT), $1.4 million for a new learning center housing classrooms, faculty, and support services for the teacher education program and for vocational education
  • United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND), $1.2 million for a wellness center
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