Mapping Opportunities Project
within Four-Year Public Institutions:
Scaling Up Retention Initiatives for Underserved Students
Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, NERCHE's "Mapping Opportunities" project was formed to convene a select group of individuals from New England's four-year public colleges and universities in an effort to identify the cultural and structural changes needed to facilitate the success of low-income students, students of color, and students who are first in their families to attend college.
The one-day meeting - to be held in mid-January 2009, in Providence, Rhode Island - will bring together 25 participants who, along with their respective institutions, have demonstrated commitment to ongoing institutional transformation to better match the assets of underserved students. Individuals attending the meeting represent a cross-section of campus life, including Presidents, senior leaders in academic affairs, student affairs, administration and fiscal management, institutional research and institutional advancement as well as deans, multicultural center directors, and faculty.
The meeting will result in a set of recommendations to the Foundation as it considers its funding priorities. It is anticipated that the project will produce greater understanding of (1) institutional practices and policies that can effectively increase the retention and success of underserved students, and (2) practices that can be implemented by administrators, faculty, and staff to enhance the academic success of underserved students.