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Albertson College of Idaho Takes Up Challenge From JA and Kathryn Albertson Foundation

2005. 02. 14.

Caldwell (ID)- Albertson College of Idaho is pleased to announce a generous $17,000,000 grant by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The college will receive $2 million of the grant this year and $5 million per year for the following three years.

'There is no doubt that this grant will help move the college forward in its mission of providing an excellent liberal arts education,' CofI President Bob Hoover said. 'We could not be more grateful to the Foundation for its generosity.'

Albertson College of Idaho is recognized by the Princeton Review as 12th among the '77 Best Values' in all of U.S. higher education and is ranked 11th in the nation for 'Professors Bringing Material to Life.' Intel ranked CofI as 12th in the nation, 2nd among the nation's liberal arts colleges, and 1st in the Northwest in wireless technology. The school is consistently ranked with the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. This challenge grant will provide the first steps for moving to an even stronger position.

'The college has received considerable national recognition in recent years, but the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation commitment gives us the resources to improve our stature,' Hoover said.

One critical criterion for national ranking is the quality of the student body. While the college has traditionally enrolled the best freshman class in Idaho, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation grant provides the opportunity to attract even more of Idaho's best and the brightest, many of whom leave the state for higher education elsewhere. It will allow CofI to expand upon the Albertson Heritage Scholarship- a full-tuition scholarship for students with outstanding high school records who also rank in top 1% of the ACT or SAT pool. The college can now plan for 80 or more of those students within the next three years.

With this grant, Albertson College of Idaho will expand its efforts to compete nationally with other outstanding national liberal arts colleges. The college will use the funding to enhance advancement activities such recruitment, marketing, communications, and fundraising while developing faculty and staff resources, campus improvements, and critical programs of distinction.

To share in the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation's mission of improving Idaho education, one of the areas of distinction on which Albertson College of Idaho will focus is the education of future teachers in our Education and Master of Arts in Teaching programs. Some of the funding will be used to expand the college's efforts to prepare a new generation of quality instructors to educate both Idaho's children and Idaho's teachers.

'We believe with more national recognition and an increased focus on areas of distinction, CofI will attract the best and brightest students from Idaho and elsewhere and give them the kind of experience which will lead them to remain and contribute to this state,' said CofI Board of Trustees Chair Ken Howell. "Many of our students find that Idaho is a desirable place to live and work. Attracting to and keeping talented students at Albertson College of Idaho is important to the economic future of Idaho and the Albertson Foundation grant will make this possible on a scale greater than any time in the past.'