Briar Cliff awarded $2.2M grant

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A Sioux City college has received a grant for more than $2 million.

Briar Cliff University was awarded the $2.24 million grant, which will go towards their Empowering Learning Initiative. The initiative is set to focus on student success, faculty development, data management, and digital technology optimization.

“The terrain in higher education is ever-changing, and this initiative will support our efforts as one of the Midwest’s premier Catholic Franciscan universities for learning,” says Briar Cliff University President Rachelle Karstens. “We are thrilled for this opportunity to continue our path toward transformative academic success for our students, faculty, and campus community.”

The grant came from the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program funding, which is highly competitive through the process. 

Karstens said that during the proposal, they were committed to improving their students.

“Briar Cliff has a rich history of preparing students for academic excellence and exceptional post-graduate success. The Empowering Learning Initiative will further enhance Briar Cliff’s history of elevating academic rigor, inviting a culture of inquiry, and fostering success here at BCU,” 

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