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University Leaders Talk Retention Strategies For Underserved Students During COVID


Thursday, April 22, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST


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Connect with, and get re-energized by, higher education leaders who are facing similar challenges as you. The pandemic is adding extra complications to those already faced by first-generation students and students from low-income backgrounds. How do we help these students stay engaged and enrolled over the next year? Learn from university leaders how their student success intervention strategies have changed as a result of the pandemic, and equip your staff with practical and high impact tactics they can use to increase retention rates during COVID.

Panelists include:

  • Rameen Talesh — Dean of Students and Asst. Vice Chancellor of Student Life & Leadership, Univ. of California-Irvine
  • Amy Gort — Provost and Executive Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs, Metropolitan State University, MN
  • Thaddeus Price — Retention Specialist, and Academic Recovery Program Coordinator, Morgan State University
  • Catherine Marciano — Vice-President of Partnerships at College Possible

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As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped put more than 59,000 students from disinvested communities on the path to economic mobility via completion of a college degree. Its proven near-peer coaching model, delivered by recent college graduates serving as AmeriCorps members, provides high-touch interventions proven to help students navigate and overcome the most common barriers to college access, retention and degree completion. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

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