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Creighton Featured in Website Supporting Student Access to College

Creighton Featured in Website Supporting Student Access to College

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has unveiled a new website (www.buildingblocks2020.org) designed to highlight and support efforts by nonprofit private colleges and universities to increase the number of at-risk students they enroll, and to boost the retention and graduation rates of various student populations. Creighton University is one of 250 private colleges and universities included with information on 535 existing or proposed programs to help support these efforts.

The website is the central component of Building Blocks to 2020, a national initiative organized by NAICU and CIC to help the nation meet President Obama’s call to make the United States first in college completion by 2020.

The website provides opportunities for campus professionals working on the front lines of student access, retention, and completion to learn from the experiences of other colleges, and to mine for practices and policies that fit their individual institutional missions and student populations. The website will also serve as an information resource for consumers and policymakers who are interested in what colleges are doing to not only reach out to students from diverse backgrounds, but boost their chances of earning a degree.

Summaries of programs can be browsed alphabetically by institution, and by state, and are searchable by 34 topics.

Creighton University programs featured include:

  • Father John P. Markoe, S.J., Leadership Program: Students who are recipients of diversity scholarships become members of this program. They are selected based on academic achievement, leadership skills, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity through extra-curricular activities and service. Assigned a personal "coach," program participants receive individual sessions on leadership and academic success throughout their four years of undergraduate studies.
  • Freshman Leadership Program: The program targets students who have had leadership experience in high school, as well as students who bring a diverse experience (diversity in life experiences, geographical locations, etc.) to campus. All students in the program attend regular educational leadership seminars with guest speakers from nearby communities.
  • Manresa Program: This program assists incoming students who are eligible for student support services, as well as those identified by admissions counselors as possibly needing additional academic support. Students in the program attend a retreat that emphasizes the concepts of a supportive community and connectedness. Each student meets with a peer mentor and a staff mentor, who serve the roles of an academic and personal coach.
  • TRIO:  Student Support Services: This program provides academic, emotional, and financial support for students who demonstrate academic need and meet one or more of the following criteria: first-generation college student, meets income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education, or has a disability and needs academic accommodation.