Knox College to receive $278,938 federal grant

Friday, June 15, 2007

GALESBURG - Knox College is expected to receive a $278,938 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help refine and improve its curriculum.

Knox College spokeswoman Karrie Heartlein said Thursday the college applied for the grant in March but has not received official confirmation the money will be released.

"We certainly do have our fingers crossed," she said.

A news release issued Thursday by the Department of Education says Knox will receive the money and is one of 20 colleges and universities receiving a total of $7.4 million this year under the department's Strengthening Institutions program.

Heartlein said the money would be used to create an office of institutional research, which will examine how the college is operating and if any changes need to be made to the curriculum.

"It would be a great thing," Heartlein said.

"These awards can be used in a variety of ways, such as helping students with special academic and financial needs stay in school or strengthening the school's information technology infrastructure," said Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. "With this money, schools have an opportunity to enhance teaching and learning for all students."

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