The U.S. Department of Education has selected Neumann University to receive $220,000 during the 2010-11 fiscal year to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled students. Federal officials
anticipate that the Student Support Services Program (SSS) grant will be renewed for four additional years, bringing the total Department of Education support to $1.1 million by 2015.
The SSS grant will be used to assist 140 full-time, at-risk freshmen and sophomores through academic tutoring, financial aid counseling, course selection assistance, career counseling, leadership mentoring, and graduate school application assistance.
The purpose of the funding is to increase retention and graduation rates and to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income, first-generation or disabled students.
The grant will also create several new positions at the University: project director, full-time academic coach, part-time academic coach, and part-time administrative assistant. The new personnel, working with existing University departments and support services, will provide the intensive coaching and structured learning that at-risk students need.
"Approximately half of our full-time undergraduates are first-generation college students," explained Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, president of the university. "The programs funded by this grant will help them and other students earn degrees and become successful professionals in the global marketplace."
The SSS grant stems from Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
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