Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Grant
The Student Support Services TRIO "Project Success" program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside received a College Success grant in the amount of $70,173 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The grant will help 50 undergraduate students achieve success in college through the development of campus connections that increase the odds of completing their programs of study.
Student Support Services TRIO "Project Success" was one of 28 organizations to receive a portion of the $4.5 million in College Success grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. Project Success was funded based on the support services it provides to help students overcome obstacles that may prevent them from staying in and completing college. The program will provide specialized services during the 2013-2014 academic year to students who are primarily low-income, first-generation, and students of color. Services include opportunities for academic development, assisting students with basic college requirements, and motivating students toward the successful completion of their college education.The UW-Parkside TRIO Project Success offers first-year students academic support specifically geared toward:
- foundation skills courses in algebra and composition
- integrating seminars for college success, life skills, and career development; and
- peer coaches, professional development opportunities, and assessments to identify their strengths and areas for growth.
According to Christopher Zanowski, director of Student Support Services at UW-Parkside, the College Success grant and TRIO Project Success can increase semester-to-semester and year-to-year retention rates. "The grant enables our program to offer stronger, more substantial supportive learning communities for many of our first-year students," Zanowski said.
Students get the best payoff from higher education only when they complete their programs of study. Students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who are the first in their family to attend college often face daunting challenges to college completion. Great Lakes' College Success grant supports and rewards programs that give students specialized help, such as tutoring, mentoring, intensive advising, and access to learning communities ? help that's known to keep students enrolled and on track academically and socially. For the students served, earning a degree opens the door to the many benefits of higher education.
Twenty-eight programs across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will serve more than 4,000 undergraduate students at two-year, four-year, and technical colleges during the 2013-2014 academic year, and will focus on those students with the most to gain.
The Student Support Services TRIO program at UW-Parkside was established in 1987. Its mission is to increase persistence and graduation of students who are either low-income, first-generation (neither parent has a four-year college degree) or have a documented disability. The mission includes fostering an institutional climate supportive of the success of underrepresented students.