â– California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Calif., received a $100,000 grant from Wal-Mart to help the university graduate more first-generation transfer students. The school was one of 20 institutions to receive the Wal-Mart College Success Award from the Council of Independent Colleges. Nationally 24 percent of first-generation college students succeed in earning a bachelor’s degree, compared to 68 percent of students whose parents have a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But at CLU 75 percent of the first-generation students who entered in 2002 graduated within five years.
â– Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., received $4 million from the State of Pennsylvania for a 75,000-square-foot science facility that will house biology, chemistry and earth and environmental sciences. The university has raised more than $14 million of the $33 million projected building costs. Set to open in fall of 2010, the environmentally responsible facility will include 19 teaching and research labs, 30 prep and support spaces, and a rooftop greenhouse. For more, visit Susquehanna University's Web site.
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