U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion grants $2.2 mil­lion to Al­bright Col­lege

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - From Carey Man­zo­lillo

The U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has awarded Al­bright Col­lege $2,246,089 over the next five years to trans­form the col­lege’s ap­proach to learn­ing and student suc­cess in the first year of higher ed­u­ca­tion.

De­signed to help stu­dents de­velop the skills and con­fi­dence needed to achieve aca­dem­i­cally, the ap­proach more in­ten­tion­ally in­te­grates student learn­ing with per­sonal and ca­reer goals, so that they may be bet­ter pre­pared to suc­cess­fully com­plete bach­e­lor’s de­grees.

“While Al­bright con­tin­ues to ed­u­cate a di­verse pop­u­la­tion of stu­dents who ex­hibit strong aca­demic po­ten­tial along with en­gage­ment in a wide va­ri­ety of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar and ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties, many en­ter­ing first year stu­dents are un­pre­pared for the aca­demic and so­cial chal­lenges of learn­ing in a col­lege en­vi­ron­ment,” said Karen A. Camp­bell, act­ing provost and vice pres­i­dent of aca­demic af­fairs at Al­bright. “This grant is an in­vest­ment in fac­ulty de­vel­op­ment, student-cen­tered ad­vis­ing and in­fra­struc­ture de­signed to strengthen teach­ing and learn­ing and that will sup­port ped­a­gog­i­cal in­no­va­tion.”

The Fed­eral Ti­tle III pro­gram helps el­i­gi­ble higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions to be­come self-suf­fi­cient and ex­pand their ca­pac­ity to serve low-in­come stu­dents by pro­vid­ing funds to im­prove and strengthen their aca­demic qual­ity, in­sti­tu­tional man­age­ment and fis­cal sta­bil­ity. To be el­i­gi­ble for Ti­tle III grants, at least 50 per­cent of an in­tu­ition’s de­gree-seek­ing stu­dents must re­ceive need-based as­sis­tance un­der Ti­tle IV of the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Act, or a sub­stan­tial num­ber of en­rolled stu­dents must re­ceive Pell Grants and have low ed­u­ca­tional and general ex­pen­di­tures.

“Al­most half of our first year stu­dents are the first in their fam­ily to at­tend col­lege,” said Camp­bell. “Cou­pled with in­con­sis­tent aca­demic prepa­ra­tion, this means that many en­ter­ing stu­dents are un­fa­mil­iar with the ex­pec­ta­tions of col­lege courses and the aca­demic habits and crit­i­cal think­ing skills nec­es­sary to suc­ceed. This grant is an in­vest­ment in the per­son­nel and tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate and sus­tain a pro­gram that in­creases our student suc­cess.”

Al­bright has been granted a to­tal of $2,246,089 (fund­ing 78.5 per­cent of the pro­ject), that will be awarded in five annual in­stall­ments be­tween Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2023. In ad­di­tion, the col­lege will sup­ple­ment $615,000 dur­ing the grant pe­riod and ap­prox­i­mately $575,000 an­nu­ally there­after in sup­port of the new pro­gram.

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