CUNY Black Male Initiative Partners With Birthright Africa to Connect Students to Their Heritage

The CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), among its many programs that support underrepresented students, has cosponsored a trip with Birthright Africa for students to explore their cultural roots and meet other members of the African diaspora.

ACE at 100: The GED® as a Critical and Evolving Tool for College and Career Success

Most people have heard of the GED, but many might not know that it was created by ACE in 1942, after the United States Armed Forces Institute approached ACE with a request to develop tests to measure high school-level academic skills.

University of Georgia Alumni Launch 1961 Club to Support Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Members of University of Georgia’s Alumni Association have launched the 1961 Club, a giving campaign to support the institution’s Black Alumni Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to freshman students dedicated to advancing racial equality.

CSU Innovations In Developmental Education Will Support Those Who Need It Most

California State University is preparing to implement a host of policy changes that will improve student achievement and lead to more Californians earning a high-quality degree in less time—including a revamp of the support structure for underprepared students in need of skill development.

AANAPISIs: Ensuring Success for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions play a unique role in ensuring success for a complex, heterogeneous, and quickly growing population of students, according to Dina C. Maramba of Claremont Graduate University.

How Predominantly Black Institutions Help Low-Income, First-Generation African American Students Succeed

Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) are not well understood in the higher education lexicon, despite serving a large number of students of color: namely, a large number of black or African Amer­ican students. Robert T. Palmer and Jared Avery of Howard University look at the role of PBIs in facilitating access and success for low-income, first-generation students of color.

ProPelled: The Effects of Grants on Graduation, Earnings and Welfare

The report found that while Pell eligibility does not necessarily increase or change the likelihood of a student choosing to go to college or not, relatively small additional grant aid at college entry substantially increases college completion and earnings.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Fostering Familial Learning Environments for Student Success

By embracing expansive ideas of success, HBCU leaders inspire their students to strive beyond degree completion and understand how collaboration, civic engagement, and entre­preneurship are essential attributes in a new knowledge economy and global citizenry.

University of California Campuses Unite To Connect First-Generation Faculty, Students

Across the University of California (UC) system, 42 percent of undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. To better serve this large and growing “first-gen” population and help build their sense of belonging on campus, UC has launched a system-wide First-Generation Faculty effort to connect these students with faculty mentors who have walked in their shoes.

The Impact of Year-Round Pell Grants on Academic and Employment Outcomes of Community College Students

Year-round Pell Grants were recently reinstated, having previously been implemented for academic years 2009-2010 and 2010-11. A timely working paper released by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University examines the effect of year-round Pell Grants on the likelihood of completing an associate degree.

Recruiting Student Veterans at Cornell: True to Our Founding Principles

Currently, fewer than two out of every 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled in Ivy League colleges have served in the U.S. military. Cornell Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff on how—and why—the university is attempting to quadruple its enrollment of undergraduate veterans by 2020.

Goodwin College: Inspiring a Call for Community-Based Education

When Goodwin College moved to its present location in East Hartford, Connecticut, the university committed philosophically to creating something new to the region: a community-based educational organization that would become a vital part of the daily life of the town. Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg explains how that is working out.