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2010 November 3 - 12:00 am

GRANTS & GIFTS:

  • The Tarrant County College District (Texas) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will support initiatives aimed at the success of  first-time college students, faculty and staff development and increasing persistence and graduation rates among African-American and Hispanic students. The “Strengthening Institutions” grant will cover a five-year period at $400,000 a year. Grant funds will be used to reach goals linked to the institution’s membership in the Achieving the Dream initiative. The district will strive to increase levels of success for first-time college students who demonstrate a need for remediation in reading, writing or mathematics.

  • Hillsborough Community College (Fla.) announced the launch of the largest scholarship partnership in the college’s history at an event at the HCC Dale Mabry Campus. HCC President Ken Atwater announced details of a four-year, $1.5 million performance-based scholarship program designed to assist low-income students successfully complete developmental math. One of the primary obstacles to college success and persistence nationally is that many students arrive at college unprepared to do college-level work and are required to take developmental courses. At HCC, more than 75 percent of incoming new students test into developmental math. The college has confirmed that avoiding or failing remedial math is one of the principal reasons why students drop or stop out of HCC without a obtaining degree or certificate. These barriers to student completion are further compounded by other factors including inadequate financial aid and low participation in academic support services.

  • The U. S. Department of Education has awarded Gavilan College (Calif.) a grant under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The grant is for $650,000 per year for five years. The grant application, entitled “Focus on the First year: A Student Success Agenda,” describes a two-part project to increase student engagement, success and momentum, especially during Hispanic and low-income students’ first year in college. The first part of the project will provide up-to-date labs and help develop new instructional strategies, integrating instructional technology. Faculty members who have adopted “best learning practices” will serve as internal experts to train their colleagues. The second part of the project makes it easier for students to enter college by automating assessment testing and placement.
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