The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will stand by its commitment to fund partnerships between American colleges or universities and higher education institutions in developing countries.
USAID made it clear to the board of Higher Education for Development (HED) on Thursday that it would continue to support the partnerships, which involve nearly 100 institutions in some 25 countries, through 2015 as originally planned in a cooperative agreement between USAID and ACE.
The agency was considering cutting HED’s operating budget by 80 percent at the start of the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. That would have crippled the program and put in jeopardy work tackling tough international development challenges such as conservation, water management practices and job creation.
For more on the decision, see The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.