Congresswoman Robin Kelly Announces GSU Grant

October 12, 2015

GSU was in the news this week when Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced that GSU and Joliet Junior College (JJC) each received five-year grants to expand programs aimed at strengthening student services and academic support for low-income students.

GSU has been selected to receive a Title III grant of $1.99 million over five years under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). The grant will fund the Center for the Junior Year. The program is under the direction of Deborah E. Bordelon, PhD, GSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The goal of the CJY will be to assist students in making informed choices about majors and careers. Students entering their junior year, whether from GSU, one of the 17 partner community colleges, or any other college or university, will meet in specially designed cornerstone courses in each major.

The Title III grant will help strengthen GSU’s student services and academic support. “The CJY will improve the transition of native and transfer students into the junior year and the major, increase the retention of all students, especially underrepresented students, and improve rates of students’ successful attainment of the baccalaureate degree,” Bordelon said.

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