Mercy College of Health Sciences (Mercy College) recently received a College Success grant, Steps to Success, in the amount of $177,996 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will help 80 Mercy students achieve success in college by helping them develop campus connections and increase their odds of completing their programs of study.
Mercy College was one of 28 organizations across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to receive a portion of the $4.5 million in College Success grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. These programs 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.
Mercy College’s Steps to Success program was funded based on the support services it provides to help students overcome obstacles that prevent them from staying in and completing college. In the 2013-2014 academic year, with the assistance of learning coaches, eligible Mercy students will develop a personal education plan that will help them persist in their health science education. In addition, to help alleviate the financial need of the students and to improve their likelihood of graduating; Steps to Success will offer its students incentives of up to $400 toward book vouchers.
“With the College Success grant, Mercy College can execute a comprehensive program aimed at increasing the retention and persistence rates of first generation and low-income students. The program consists of three main components; learning coaches; student success seminars; and tutoring. All services are designed to connect students of similar backgrounds, and to address barriers to retention that our students encounter,” said Dr. Karen Anderson, Mercy College Dean of Student Affairs.