Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) received word from the office of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu that the University will receive $1 million to strengthen its academic resources. The funds are a part of more than $6.8 million distributed among Louisiana Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), and part of the U.S. Department of Education's HBCU Institutional Aid Program. The purpose of the HBCU Program is to provide financial assistance to establish or strengthen academic resources, financial management, endowments and physical plants to enhance these academic institutions.
"We thank Senator Landrieu for showing this kind of commitment to SUNO as well as our fellow HBCUs," said Dr. Victor Ukpolo, Chancellor of SUNO. "These funds, along with our increased enrollment, improving retention, and addition of campus facilities, all show that SUNO is headed in a great direction, despite the obstacles we continue to face. We have a job to do in continuing to provide a talented but socio-economically challenged student population with an affordable quality education, and the funds from the HBCU Program will help us continue to do this critical work."
In a news release distributed by Sen. Landrieu, she stated, "I have long supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and fought to provide them with the resources they need to build up their facilities and academic programs. Louisiana has a rich tradition of strong HBCUs. The funding awarded today will allow these schools to continue to grow, both physically and academically to provide a better education for their students."
"I have long supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and fought to provide them with the resources they need to build up their facilities and academic programs," said Sen. Landrieu. "Louisiana has a rich tradition of strong HBCUs. The funding awarded today will allow these schools to continue to grow, both physically and academically to provide a better education for their students."
The following HBCUs that received grants from the U.S. Department of Education:
- Dillard University will receive $863,050
- Grambling State University will receive $1.2 million
- Southern University and A&M College will receive nearly $1.6 million
- Southern University at Shreveport will receive $946,102
- Southern University at New Orleans will receive $1 million
- Xavier University will receive more than $1.1 million
SUNO reported on September 15th that its enrollment climbed to 3,166 students, even with projections that enrollment decrease to approximately 2,900 students due to new criteria for admission. The University will also be opening its new Information Technology Center while its College of Business & Public Administration is under construction on the Lake Campus.
Southern University at New Orleans is a four-year public institution founded in 1956. Located in the Gentilly area of New Orleans, Louisiana, the University is an accredited liberal arts teaching institution which serves more than 3,100 students. SUNO, known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support, offers undergraduate degrees in seventeen academic programs and graduate degrees in four academic programs. The University accepts students under the Louisiana Board of Regents regional admission criteria, and is a member of the Southern University System. More information about Southern University at New Orleans is available at SUNO.edu.
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