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07-16-2015

Clarkson University to Receive $1.3 Million from Department of Education Student Support Services Program

Clarkson University will receive approximately $266,684 per year for five years from the Department of Education through its TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, the DOE has announced.

Students study in Clarkson's Educational Resources Center, home to the Office of Student Success, Diversity & InclusionThe goal of the program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

The funds, awarded through a grant competition, allow institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, and assist students with basic college requirements and motivate them toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

“Clarkson University is very pleased to receive this funding from the Department of Education for Student Support Services. We are committed to retaining and graduating the participants in SSS -- a key resource to the University with a proven track record of success,” said Associate Vice President of Student Success, Diversity and Inclusion Catherine McNamara.

Clarkson has a 34-year record of success with its Student Support Services Program, an integral component of a Student Success Center, which supports students as they transition from first year to graduation by providing services, as well as opportunities and experiences in a proactive and supportive environment.

Using a collaborative approach across the campus community, SSS provides students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to tutoring, academic advising, financial literacy and financial aid information, individualized mentoring and graduate school awareness, so that they may appreciate and fulfill their potential.

Clarkson's SSS Program targets students who are low-income, first generation or have a documented disability and show academic need. Due to Clarkson’s high standard of academic rigor, the program focuses on building cohorts of first- and second-year students, as data shows these are the critical years to program completion.

Clarkson University's student body comes mostly from middle to lower income families. As a result, in the 2013-2014 academic year, 43 percent of the undergraduate population met at least one of the criteria for SSS participation.

“The North Country is home to many excellent institutions of higher education and I applaud the U.S. Department of Education for awarding these grants,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21). “As a Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ensuring that our students have an opportunity to achieve a college degree is a top priority of mine in Congress and I know these grants will go a long way to helping students succeed.”

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University will receive approximately $1.3 million over five years from the Department of Education through its TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program. Above, students study in Clarkson's Educational Resources Center, home to the Office of Student Success, Diversity & Inclusion.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/erc-interior.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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