College Success grant
Friday, August 16, 2013
St. Cloud State will offer broadened collaborative support for those from low-income backgrounds and who may be first in their family to attend college thanks to a $299,999 College Success grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
St. Cloud State was one of 28 organizations to receive some of the $4.5 million in College Success grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. The university’s initiative was funded based on the support services it provides to help students overcome obstacles that prevent them from completing college.
St. Cloud State will provide specialized assistance to students during the 2013-14 academic year through tutoring, mentoring and intensive advising, as well as access to learning communities.
Among its benefits, the College Success grant will fund three program coordinators for St. Cloud State who will empower students with one-on-one support with the goal of engaging and helping them stay on track to succeed.
“This will allow us the opportunity to establish meaningful collaborations throughout campus to fulfill student needs,” said Shahzad Ahmad, director of Multicultural Student Services.
Students maximize the benefits from higher education only when they complete their programs of study. For the students served, earning a degree, diploma, or certificate opens the door to the many benefits of higher education.
“While our highly collaborative St. Cloud State team has in excess of 30 years combined experience working with ‘at-risk’ populations in a variety of settings, what makes this work unique is the willingness of folks from across campus to come together to create a student experience that takes into account the importance of meeting students where they are,” said Miguel Martinez-Saenz, associate provost for student success.
College Success grants will fund 28 programs across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin that provide specialized help in order to keep students enrolled and on track academically, socially and financially for program completion.
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