Addressing needs of at-risk students at Sam Houston State University
How might we better address the needs of first-generation students and students of color on their journey to graduation?
- Launched Academic Success Center to provide tutoring, supplemental instruction, and summer bridge programs for low-income, first-generation students, and students of color
- Developed FORWARD Program, a support system to empower former foster youth, orphans, wards of the court, and homeless students
- Developed TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) for first-generation students with financial and academic needs
- Developed a First Generation Learning Community
- Developed ELITE (Establishing Leadership In and Through Education) to increase retention and graduation rates for minority males through academic support, peer mentoring, community service, and outreach
- Established STEM Center focused on first-generation students and students of color
The university is now nationally recognized for graduating first-generation students and students of color and has established multiple support networks and resource centers for these students.