Walmart Funds Success Rate Increases at TCUsFeb 15th, 2011 | By tcj | Category: 22-3: Food Sovereignty, Spring 2011, Tribal College News
In mid-September, the Walmart Foundation announced a $3 million grant to the members of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education to increase college success rates at minorityserving institutions (MSIs). The grant benefits higher education institutions serving a large number of first-generation college students.
Funding will support the identification of campus support strategies that have a positive impact on first-generation student success, and then replicate those initiatives throughout the network of MSIs institutions in the Alliance.
“Supporting education initiatives is a priority for Walmart because we see it as an investment in the next generation,” says Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Students today are the leaders of tomorrow.” She adds: “Supporting the alliance and their member institutions will help ensure first-generation college students receive the vital support and guidance they need to graduate.”
The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education is made up of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), which serves Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The alliance was established in 1999 and currently represents more than 600 MSI campuses.