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GRCC receives grant money that will “transform” academic advising system, fund new app

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Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $2.1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education with which it plans to create a more customized advising plan to aid in student success. 

According to GRCC President Bill Pink, the money received through the Strengthening Institutions Program grant will go towards bolstering completion and transfer rates.

An app will be offered to students that would allow them to access “in-demand and just-in-time support and receive messages of recognition or encouragement.” 

As stated in the release, the grant will fund the creation of an interface system that will house information about students, making it readily accessible for advisors. The software will track student progress and watch for signs of struggles on behalf of students. 

According to a GRCC news release, “The college will use the money to transform its student support efforts, making academic advising more productive while leveraging technology to create a more comprehensive approach to addressing a variety of student needs.” 

GRCC’s Dean of Student Success and Retention, Eric Mullen, indicated that there are an increasing number of students scheduling their classes around work and familial responsibilities. Therefore, it can be difficult for them to find time to speak with academic advisors and make optimal use of the time they have. 

“We embrace every learner who comes through our doors,” Pink said in a statement. “No matter their journey, it is the college’s aim to prepare them to attain their goals. As our students change and their needs change, so must our college change, always look for ways to be more innovative and responsive. We appreciate the support of the U.S. Education Department.”