By Ross L. PIke
In attempts to increase the number of students staying in college and graduating with a degree, the US Department of Education has recently awarded GRCC a $2 million grant through the federal Title III program.
The grant will be funding the College Success Program of GRCC and will focus on three primary aspects of the Title III program including supporting activities to improve graduation rates, support increasing completion rates, and developing strategies to track student outcomes.
According to Cindy Martin, dean of Adult and Developmental Education, 5,300 students will fall into the developmental category of this program. That is an estimated 30 percent of GRCC’s 17,601 students.
Eligible institutions qualify for the funding by assisting eligible students “become more self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality.” Programs that qualify include “student service programs designed to improve academic success,” according to the US Department of Education website.
The grant funds will be distributed over the next six years and are made available through the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Act passed by Congress on April 15, 2011.