The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


November 6, 2006

Thiel College receives $1.8 million grant

Thiel College
, an ELCA school in Greenville, Pa., received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education – the largest single grant or gift in the history of the college.

The five-year Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant will be used to develop a new advising center.

“The Title III grant will provide Thiel College with resources to improve retention and graduation rates by enhancing the advising component of our college experience,” said Lance A. Masters, Thiel College president and CEO. “Our goal is to be more responsive to the developmental, discernment, career preparation and placement needs of our students.”

The grant also will allow the college to hire a specialist who will assist faculty in curriculum redesign.

The Strengthening Institutions Program was established by Congress as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to strengthen colleges’ capacities to make substantial contributions to the higher education resources of the nation.

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