10/20/2004

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Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, KU University Relations, (785) 864-3256; or Freda T. Gipp, Haskell Indian Nations University, (785) 749-8407

Haskell, KU sign cooperation agreement

LAWRENCE -- Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher and University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway today signed a new cooperation agreement between the two institutions.

The pact updates and expands agreements created in the 1990s. It will facilitate the transfer of students, expand tracks of study available to students on both campuses, establish mutual library privileges, provide diversity training and enhance research initiatives.

Research collaboration between Haskell and KU has been especially productive. In the past four years, KU and Haskell faculty members have joined to attract more than $12 million in National Institutes of Health grants that encourage American Indian students to pursue biomedical science careers.

The NIH grants also help Native American and other minority students to succeed in "gateway" courses. One of these, the 500 Nations Bridge Program, has been cited nationally as a model program.

"The Haskell-KU agreement is a stellar example of ways in which Tribal Colleges universities and public universities can work together for the common good," Swisher said.

The signing ceremony took place in front of Leadership Lawrence, a class of 25 area residents engaged in professional development training that is sponsored by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

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