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?


Six-pronged effort: 

  • 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.

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