This fall, Nyack College was notified of being awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program totaling over $1.9 million.
This Department of Education program assists eligible institutions to expand their capacity to serve students from low-income households by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. This grant will fund a series of initiatives by the College to increase its retention and graduation of “at-risk” students. Entitled the “Connect for Success” program, the overall project commences in academic year 2020-21. The award will be distributed over a five-year period: $450,000 in year 1; $423,000 in year 2; $386,000 in year 3; $340,000 in year 4, and $304,000 in year 5.
The anticipated benefits of this grant include funding for a centralized student advisement office and improvement of academic management systems leading to greater student retention and higher graduation rates. It will establish an alumni career placement network creating greater interaction between current students, alumni and employers, and ultimately strengthen the engagement of alumni and prospective employers with the College.
Considering the financial climate in higher education, the nation’s economy, the need for solutions to social and economic disparity, this grant holds crucial significance. This breakthrough development empowers Nyack College to continue offering students with tremendous potential access to a values-based Christian higher education and an even more direct path to social mobility and success.