Three historically black colleges are each getting $1 million grants to aid faculty development.
Atlanta's all-male Morehouse College is getting $1 million from the Carnegie Corp. of New York, while neighboring all-female Spelman College is getting $500,000 from Carnegie and $500,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation. Prairie View A&M University in Texas is getting $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The schools say they face increasing competition for teachers from other universities.
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Spelman says it will develop new curriculum areas, provide research grants and help young faculty complete scholarly and creative works.
Morehouse says will provide start-up funding for new professors, reduce teaching loads and provide research money.
Prairie View says it will identify better ways to recruit and retain faculty and create a center to track scholarly output.