Umpqua Community College received notification Thursday it will receive a $2,241,102 five-year grant to improve student success.
UCC is one of only two colleges in Oregon (with Tillamook Bay Community College) and 39 nationwide chosen to receive the highly competitive Title III, Part A grant.
The grant will fund Students at UCC Engaging in Strategies for Success (SUCCESS), a program that will establish a comprehensive, integrated First-Year Experience Program for all new students intending to earn a degree or complete a credit program. SUCCESS aims to improve graduation rates by better preparing students for college.
“This grant supports UCC ongoing efforts to help students achieve their goals of a college degree,” explained Susan Taylor, director of grants and planned giving for the UCC Foundation. “By allowing us to provide additional support for students as they start college, we can have a huge impact on their ability to complete a degree or certificate program. The impact will be life-changing.”
Some of the SUCCESS components include early alert and intervention systems to prevent students from dropping out, supplemental instruction and mentoring, flexible learning spaces in the campus library, and campus technology improvements.
Title III, Part A is a component of the Higher Education Act of 1965, a legislative document designed to strengthen the educational resources of colleges and universities and provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary education.