Lane College Receives $10,000 Walmart Foundation Grant To Support Accreditation Efforts

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Lane College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 2017 Walmart Foundation mini grant of $10,000.

Lane College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 2017 Walmart Foundation mini grant of $10,000. Administered through UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building (ICB), Lane College is among 12 grant recipients this year to receive funds to assist with Lane’s continuing accreditation.

Of the 12 institutions, Lane College is among six selected by UNCF to use its $10,000 grant toward preparation for its reaffirmation of accreditation, a customary five-year interim readiness process required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Lane College’s regional accrediting body. The remaining six selected institutions will use a $20,000 grant for their decennial reviews. The mini grants will provide technical assistance from content-area experts, which will better prepare Lane to document its success in educating students, and maintain accreditation upon completion of its review.

“We thank the Walmart Foundation for consistently supporting UNCF and its member institutions, including Lane College. Offering this critical capacity-building grant will further strengthen Lane, preserve its historic legacy, and will ultimately benefit the deserving students we serve,” said Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College.

Lane student Jaleyah Shaw says she is grateful for the grant. “Walmart is my favorite place to go for school supplies and essentials that I need for my room and I love Lane College. This grant will help us document all the new and exciting things happening at Lane.”

“Lane was recently ranked by Washington Monthly magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges and has instituted a number of campus improvements - including technology upgrades, new academic programs, robust new academic support services, capital improvements, and strict new accountability standards. Continuing this momentum and documenting these improvements to our accrediting body can be a time-consuming and an arduous process. This grant will offset some of the costs for documenting the improvements on campus,” said Sherrill Berry Scott, Vice President for Administration at Lane College.

Over the last decade, the Walmart Foundation has granted more than $4 million to UNCF, which includes the recent announcement of $500,000 to support UNCF’s ICB, a network-wide initiative that helps strengthen member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Through the Walmart Foundation’s support of ICB, funds and technical assistance can help institutions with its accreditation reaffirmation.

“Once again, the Walmart Foundation has made a significant investment in UNCF’s HBCUs, which in turn results in an investment in America’s future workforce and economic development,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “Through the continued investment in UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building, which supports our member HBCUs including Lane College, Walmart is ensuring that our institutions are given the proper tools to function, to train and equip faculty and staff, and to best serve students who will become leaders of tomorrow.”

As a result of targeted implementation activities, anticipated outcomes include improved fiscal operations and processes, improved staff competencies and capacities, timely report submission and full compliance with the accrediting body. Taken together, these initiatives help to ensure that an institution is providing a quality education and has sufficient facilities, faculty, staff and other resources to accomplish its mission. Since the beginning of the Walmart Foundation’s support of ICB, the entire network of UNCF’s 37-member HBCUs have received grants to assist in various areas of the accreditation process.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCF.

About Lane College
Lane is a co-educational Christian college consistently ranked as one of America’s most affordable private institutions. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Lane College provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Washington Monthly magazine ranks Lane College as one of “America’s Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges.” With over 135+ years committed to educational progress, Lane College strives to transform lives, liberate minds and celebrate excellence in Christ. To learn more about Lane College, visit http://www.lanecollege.edu.

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