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Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program


The Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program enhances educational opportunities for Native Americans by strengthening instructional programs in the food and agricultural sciences at the 1994 land-grant institutions.


Only 1994 land-grant institutions are eligible to receive funds under this program.

Targeted Areas of Support

  • Curricula Design and Materials Development – promotes new and improved curricula and materials for courses offered for college credit
  • Faculty Development and Preparation for Teaching – promotes development of college faculty teaching competencies, subject matter expertise, or skill in recruiting and advising students
  • Instruction Delivery Systems – encourages the use of alternative methods of delivering instruction to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and cost efficiency of teaching programs
  • Student Experiential Learning – further develops scientific and professional competencies by providing students with opportunities to solve complex problems in the context of real-life situations
  • Equipment and Instrumentation for Teaching – provides teachers and students with suitable, up-to-date, and/or state-of-the-art equipment
  • Student Recruitment and Retention – strengthens student recruitment and retention programs to secure the future strength of the nation's scientific and professional work force by attracting and preparing academically outstanding students for careers as food and agricultural scientists and professionals

An application may address a single targeted need area or multiple targeted need areas and may be focused on a single subject matter area or multiple subject matter areas, in any combination. For example, curriculum development in human nutrition, curriculum development, faculty enhancement, and student experiential learning in environmental science; faculty enhancement in food science and agribusiness management, or instruction delivery systems; and student experiential learning in conservation, plant science, and environmental science.


Funds are awarded equally among the 1994s upon approval of each institution's application for a grant, including a plan of work related to each institution's long-range goals.


The funding for Fiscal Year 2006 is estimated at $2,232,000.

Results and Impacts

All of the 1994 land-grant institutions have experienced growth in their educational programs since the implementation of this program. Especially noteworthy are advances made in the arenas of dietetics and nutrition, environmental stewardship and natural resources development, and community development. The advances have come about through varying degrees of support given to all of the targeted areas, dependent on the individual institutional needs. The growth is reflected in the increased program competitiveness of the 1994s as partially documented in the addition of courses, curricula, and, in some instances, the development of accredited baccalaureate degrees. Furthermore, the 1994s have made great advances in their credibility as demonstrated in their recent success in obtaining additional grant moneys through highly competitive programs. Overall, there has been an increased ability of these institutions to help promote the needs of their respective tribal communities.


Tim Grosser, National Program Leader, Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program


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