LANGSTON — Officials from Langston University say a $2.3 million grant will strengthen programs they might not otherwise be able to fund.
The five-year grant is through the U.S. Department of Education's Title III Part B program, also called the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.
The program is designed to give colleges and universities the ability to make improvements or add programs they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. Langston's grant was part of a $228 million package of grants given to 97 historically black colleges and universities nationwide.
“(Historically black colleges and universities) have made enduring, even staggering contributions to American life despite the steep financial challenges many have faced,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The grants will help these important institutions continue to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy.”
Annette Stanley, Langston's Title III director, said the university has used Title III funding for a range of programs, many entirely funded by grant money. The largest share has gone toward upgrading campus technology, she said.
Technology upgrades have included security measures such as cameras and emergency call boxes, as well as updated computers for labs, Stanley said.