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July 8, 2008

For Immediate Release


Funds will support initiative to improve student achievement and retention

WASHINGTON, DC – Campbellsville University has been selected to receive a $399,800 grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program, U.S. Representative Ron Lewis announced today.  Funds will be used to support efforts to improve achievement and retention during the first two years of students’ academic careers.

“I congratulate Campbellsville University for their success in receiving this grant,” said Lewis. “Initiatives such as the Strengthening Institutions Program provide important resources to help students further their education and build successful careers.”

The Strengthening Institutions Program helps eligible colleges and universities to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

The grant will be used to support Campbellsville University’s ongoing efforts to improve student retention via three primary components:  an expanded freshman year experience, redesigned general education program, and intensified academic support services.

“We are very grateful that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the Title III grant for Campbellsville University,” said Campbellsville University President Dr. Michael Carter. “These funds will greatly enhance the mission of Campbellsville University in helping students reach their full potential as servant leaders.”

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 36 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report.  The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.