After helping boost Johns Hopkins low-income, first-generation student persistence rates to 100%, the Kessler Scholars Collaborative is expanding its reach to 16 schools and 1,600 students, thanks in part to $10 million in new funding.
The report surveyed over 5,000 students and almost 2,500 college instructors and found that 53% of students are having trouble retaining class material, 55% of undergraduates are struggling to stay interested in their classes, and 66% of instructors find it challenging to keep students engaged.
To begin with, do away with the essay: They’re vague, hard to score and more than a third of students admit to making them up. After all, asks one academic integrity researcher, “What’s their incentive for telling the truth?”
Leveraging a cost-effective, technology-based approach to guide minority male students, Watermark and NCCCS led the Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI), and the results further proved how necessary it is to find innovative ways to reach students.
About 30% of the schools qualify as minority-serving institutions and nearly half are rural-serving while the counties that RPUs serve have higher needs—such as low education, low employment, and persistent poverty—compared to counties served by other institutions.