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November 8, 2013 - Penn GSE and the Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSIs) held a national convening on November 1-3 in Princeton, N.J. Hosted by the Educational Testing Service, this gathering of more than 100 students, educators, administrators and funders of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) from across the U.S. met to discuss topics ranging from strategies for increasing funding to better ways to address the challenges faced by first-year students. CMSI released the results of a three-year national “Models of Success” study sponsored by Lumina Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and USA Funds.
Twelve Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) were selected to participate in the study: three Historically Black Colleges and Universities, three Tribal Colleges and Universities, three Hispanic Serving Institutions, and three Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. Each of the 12 institutions identified “success stories” of programs and/or practices at their institutions that made significant contributions to student retention, student learning and student degree attainment. With the overarching aim of portraying and communicating these success stories in the literature, the media, and across colleges and universities, the researchers, led by GSE’s Dr. Marybeth Gasman and Dr. Clifton F. Conrad of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducted campus visits to each of the 12 institutions. In addition to participating in the study, each institution received a grant for $50,000 to build infrastructure and capacity on their campus.
For the complete report go to: http://minorityservingsucce.wix.com/msimodelsofsuccess.
Four reports detail the findings of the researchers: