Naropa University has received a five-year $1.9 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Education's Title III program, the largest single grant in its 36-year history. The grant will be used to implement the university's undergraduate academic plan and to help expand the university's capacity to serve low-income students. The university will receive $386,000 for the current fiscal year.
Naropa is one of 48 higher education institutions nationally and one of only two in Colorado to receive the grant under the Office of Postsecondary Education's "Strengthening Institutions" program. Under the grant program, colleges and universities may use the money for a variety of purposes, including faculty development, establishing an endowment, and improving academic programs.
"The President has set a goal that America will once again lead the world in college completion by the end of this decade," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a DOE press release. "These grants will support institutions serving low-income students as they work to increase college completion rates to help our country meet the President's goal."
Among the academic programs that Naropa's grant will cover include integrated first-year student seminars, a robust system of faculty mentors called "journey guides," and academic support services, all designed to help retain students and move them rapidly into core courses and through program completion.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.