GAO Questions How Minority-Serving Colleges Spent Federal Funds

The U.S. Government Accountability Office questioned the uses of federal grant funds at four of the seven minority-serving institutions it examined last year, the agency says in a new report. That includes more than $105,000 that was spent by Morgan State University in Baltimore, identified by a U.S. Department of Education official.

The GAO charges that officials at Morgan State used nearly $80,000 to take students in a leadership program to resorts and amusement parks, more than $6,000 for office furniture, and $4,578 for an airplane global-positioning system, "even though the school did not own an airplane," according to the report, "Low-Income and Minority-Serving Institutions: Sustained Attention Needed to Improve Education’s Oversight of Grant Programs."

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