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Grant helps UNT Close the Gaps in Texas

UNT has been putting a $324,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to good use to ramp up existing successful efforts and test innovative programming to learn how to make a real difference for Texas' students.

With the grant, UNT formed a specially targeted team of experts within the Enrollment Management and Admissions departments.  The grant team is led by Troy Johnson, vice provost, and Rebecca Lothringer, director of admissions. Key personnel include Lynette O’Keefe, Jacob Eakin, Lisa Kious, John Princewill and Randall Nunn

Working toward Closing the Gaps, the grant team provides critical and timely personalized support services to students from varying academic and personal backgrounds. In addition to providing direct student services, the team has been instrumental in strengthening cross-campus teams that focus on student success as well as strengthening relationships with Texas community colleges and high schools. The College Connections 2+2+2 program has not only been successful at UNT, but is scalable for use across the state, as noted by Committee Chair Mendoza at the recent meeting of the THECB Strategic Planning and Policy committee.

The original grant of $270,000 was awarded in the fall 2009 in a competitive process by the Coordinating Board as part of the federal College Access Challenge Grants initiative.  The grant program has been largely successful, and in the fall 2010, the board awarded an additional $27,000 to expand program efforts and serve more students. This month, the board awarded another $27,000 to again expand the College Connection 2+2+2 program.

Posted on: Sun 09 January 2011

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