April 26, 2010
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Harvest Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to the New College Institute, once again matching state funding for NCI.
The New College Foundation will receive $3,078,214, Harvest announced today. The amount matches funds approved by the General Assembly for the New College in fiscal 2011 and 2012.
Fiscal 2011 will begin July 1.
“Since New College started and the state began supporting it, we have been matching dollar-for-dollar what the state approved,” said Allyson Rothrock, executive director of the Harvest Foundation. “And that’s what we’re doing now for the next biennium.”
The New College Foundation “assists and promotes NCI in its efforts to become a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting institution and will further efforts toward this goal with the Harvest funding,” according to a news release.
“New College Institute is very grateful to the Harvest Foundation for its continuing support for NCI,” Executive Director Dr. Barry Dorsey said in the release. “Only four years ago, NCI was a dream; today, we offer 17 bachelor’s completion and master’s degree programs provided in Martinsville-Henry County by nine separate institutions. NCI also provides endorsement and recertification programs for teachers.”
Founded in 2006, NCI provides local access to bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. It offers master’s degree programs and the second two years of bachelor’s degree programs through its partner institutions.
“The New College Institute has accomplished far beyond the projected goals set forth in the planning stages of the institute,” Harvest said in the release. “In just four years, 114 students have completed degrees through NCI’s partner colleges and universities. The success of NCI has directly aided in increasing the college attainment rate in Martinsville-Henry County and is helping prepare our local work force for a rapidly changing economy.”
Angela Logan, program officer for Harvest, noted that NCI’s outreach educators are working to change the perception of area residents to help them understand that college is attainable. Its presence in three buildings in uptown Martinsville also means it is “a key partner in plans for revitalizing uptown,” Logan said.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is expected to decide in 2012 whether NCI should evolve into a four-year university, become a branch of an existing university or remain as it is.
Harvest recently announced the creation of a commission to assess NCI’s progress and make recommendations for its future. The commission, chaired by University of Virginia President John Casteen and former Virginia Commonwealth University president Eugene Trani, will issue a report in December, officials have said.
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