New grant creates ‘Center for Students in Transition’

A $37,901 UW System grant will enable UW-Green Bay to establish the “Center for Students in Transition.” The competitive Growth Agenda Grant supports high-impact practices for boosting student retention and graduation rates. The Center will build on the success of UW-Green Bay’s FOCUS and First-Year Seminar initiatives. The first step will be appointment of a faculty member to assume part-time duties as director. Immediate objectives will include the pursuit of additional grants and fundraising opportunities, and the hosting of an annual academic conference related to the Center’s research. Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and lead author of the grant proposal, is principal investigator.

Feature story: UW-Green Bay success with retention initiatives wins recognition
UW-Green Bay received its $38,000 grant for the Center for Students in Transition in large part thanks to the promise of its ongoing freshmen-retention initiatives —the First-Year Seminar program and FOCUS. Academic Dean Scott Furlong says the grant reflects UW-Green Bay’s recent history in taking an enterprising approach to retention, degree attainment and the success of diverse learners. Already a leader among UW System institutions in analyzing and pursuing these goals, the University is poised to take another step. “This grant is also much-deserved recognition for the dedicated work of faculty and staff across the University,” Furlong adds. A feature story that delves into UW-Green Bay’s relative success and plans for the future is now up in rotation on the main UWGB homepage; read more.

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