CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Keeping in line with our mission of enhancing and supporting multicultural learning communities and closing education gaps, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to share a $2.3 million grant to promote minority student success, college completion and career readiness. The grant, by USA Funds, was awarded to only seven schools in the nation that are designated minority-serving intuitions. The grant totals $325,000 for each institution, to be spread over a three-year period.
The money will be used to support the development of data tools and institutional practices that enhance college completion rates and career readiness. A special emphasis will be placed on first-generation, low-income and minority students. At Texas A&M-Corpus Christi specifically, the grant will be used to enhance existing connections with employers with tools that monitor alumni performance and satisfaction in the workplace.
“We are once again thrilled to be selected for a grant that turns the spotlight on our continued support of our first-generation and minority students,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “These students change their own lives and their families for generations to come. We intend to be great stewards of this grant and ensure it makes a real difference.”
As part of the initiative, each school will benefit from a designated “data coach,” who will assist the institution in the creation of user-friendly, customized data tools. Each institution also will designate an “innovation group,” to include its chief academic affairs officer, an institutional research staff member, a faculty representative, and one employer-partner. These innovation groups will participate in an annual meeting to share best practices and foster collaboration between leadership and faculty among the seven participating schools.
“Throughout its history, USA Funds has worked to enhance higher education opportunities and success for students of color, lower-income, and those who were the first in their family to attend college,” said William D. Hansen, USA Funds President and CEO. “Building on that legacy, these grants will promote a surer path toward a college degree and a smoother transition to successful careers and fulfilling lives for minority students.”