Knox receives $278,938 grant for institutional research

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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.

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On Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Congressman Phil Hare provided official confirmation of the grant from Washington.

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Also today, Hare announced that Knox College has received a Strengthening Institutions grant in the amount of $1.5 million over 5 years. According to the Department of Education, 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.

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