Richland College receives the first Asian-American and Native-American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program Grant in Texas

Richland College has received a five-year grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. under the Asian-American and Native-American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program. The $1,432,759 grant titled “Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates at Richland College,” is the first from the AANAPISI Program ever received by a higher education institution in Texas. It will be directed by Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker and will strengthen the college’s commitment to retaining and graduating more students based upon Richland’s strategic priorities.

Richland Interim President Dr. Kay Eggleston said this grant is particularly important to Richland College in this time of fiscal constraints. “The funds will allow the college to focus resources on retaining and graduating more students, addressing the needs of our community at a critical period in the region’s economic growth,” she said.

The grant, rests on four outcome objectives:

• To increase the overall three-year graduation rate for all Richland College students and the graduation rates for African-American, Latino, and Asian-American student cohort groups;

• To increase the percentage of all Richland College students and of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American students achieving a grade of “C” or better in each Developmental Mathematics course annually;

• To increase the percentage of all Richland College students and of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American students achieving a grade of “C” or better in each Developmental Reading course annually;

• To increase the percentage of all Richland College students achieving a grade of “C” or better in each “gatekeeper” course annually.

For more information about this grant, please contact Dr. Blankenbaker at 972-238-6364.