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USI Receives "College Success" Grant


It will pay for 2 coaches to help low-income, minority, and other new students

The University of Southern Indiana is one of the first recipients of a “college success” state grant. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

USI has been awarded $180,000 to fund two full-time College Success coaches.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the College Success Program will create 32 full-time positions at 22 public and private four-year institutions across the state.

It will support 21st Century Scholars, Frank O’Bannon Grant recipients, minority students, and other low-income and first-generation students.

The state says coaches will help provide an immersive on-campus experience for students.

The coaches will also make sure the proportion of participants supported exceeds the state average of high school graduates who enroll in college.

The initial program was funded by the state legislature and will run through October 2024, with opportunities to extend the grant pending review by the State Budget Committee.