Langston Gets $300 K Federal Grant for Student Support
LANGSTON—Langston University recently received a $300,000 grant from the federal Department of Education.
The funds will be used to enhance student services support programs, according to Dr. Kent J. Smith Jr., president of the school.
Those services include peer and professional tutoring, academic advising, learning communities, mentoring, cultural and social activities, and career exploration.
Such grants are funded for five-year cycles, a statement said.
“The funding will allow the university to better serve low-income and first-generation students, who demonstrate academic need and who are committed to enhancing their academic success,” Dr. Smith noted.
“This assistance aligns with the university’s mission,” the school’s president continued.
The Langston grant team is led by Dr. Jason K. Johnson, assistant vice president of student success.
The team has begun the initial stages of implementing the program, he said.
“Our program is designed to improve student outcomes, including increased retention and graduation rates,” Dr. Johnson noted.
“To receive funding, the university had to go through an extremely competitive process,,” according to Dr. Johnson.
He said only 17 percent of the grants were awarded to new programs.