Fostering Excellence Through Education

Fostering Excellence Through Education
HE_video_stillSusan McConnell, director of The Duke Endowment’s Higher Education program area, explains our work in education.

In an increasingly competitive global environment, the need for exceptional educational experiences is critical. We work through select colleges and universities (Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University) to support undergraduate programs, scholarships, professorships and faculty with the goal of educating people whose future contributions will benefit society.

We focus on academic excellence, making education more affordable for qualified students, and developing engagement opportunities that serve local communities as well as students.

Learn more about the strategies, lessons learned and resources behind specific efforts, both past and present, by searching our work below.

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Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities