Three groups of colleges -- 10 total -- have received funding from the ECMC Foundation to work together to increase student persistence and graduation rates among low-income, first-generation students and students of color.
The collaboration draws from the example of the University Innovation Alliance, a group of 11 public research universities from around the country that for five years have teamed up to substantially improve their graduation rates, with a focus on low-income and underrepresented student groups. That work has helped spawn other collaborations, including one being developed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. And the UIA is a partner with the new ECMC grantees, which are:
- A summer bridge program tailored to low-income black males led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with Morehouse College and the University of Central Florida;
- A student retention project led by California State University Channel Islands in collaboration with California State University Northridge, California State University Fresno and Portland State University; and
- An urban college consortium led by Paul Quinn College in collaboration with Kuyper College and Wilberforce University.