Tribal Colleges Endowment
Colleges Endowment Fund benefits the 1994 land-grant
institutions by promoting capacity development in teaching
programs in the food and agricultural sciences. The Tribal
Colleges Endowment Fund, as a teaching capacity development
program, is a companion program of the Tribal Colleges
Equity Grants Program. It differs primarily from the Equity
Grants Program in two respects, namely:
- Endowment funds may be escrowed indefinitely and used
for major obligations relating to the allowable activities.
- As of October 1, 2001 , Endowment funds also may be used
for facility renovation, repair, construction. and maintenance
in support of and in addition to the targeted areas of
support listed below.
Only 1994 land-grant institutions are eligible to receive
funds under this program.
Targeted Areas of Support
- Curricula design and instructional materials development
- Faculty development and preparation for teaching
- Instruction delivery systems
- Student experiential learning
- Equipment and instrumentation for teaching
- Student recruitment and retention
On the termination of each fiscal year, the Secretary of
Agriculture withdraws the earned interest from the Endowment
fund and distributes it to the 1994s on a pro rata basis.
The pro rata basis formula is as follows: 60 percent is based
on the Indian student count for each institution; 40 percent
is distributed in equal shares.
Upon notification of their annual distribution, 1994s are required to submit
a Planning Document (subject to approval) on how their Endowment funds will
The funding for Fiscal Year 2006 is estimated at $11,904,000.
Results and Impacts
All of the 1994 land-grant institutions have experienced
growth in their education programs since the implementation
of the Endowment Fund. Especially noteworthy are the uses
of their Endowment moneys by Turtle Mountain Community College
and Haskell Indian Nations University. Turtle Mountain Community
College has developed a hands-on alternative energy and energy
conservation curriculum, and Haskell Indian Nations University
has developed its Institute of Distance Education for delivering
its curriculum to the Kansas-based Tribal Nations to promote
Tim Grosser, National Program Leader, Tribal Colleges Education
Equity Grants Program
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