IU Northwest: Striving for Student Success
Increasing access to and through college for underrepresented students remains one of the highest priorities at IU Northwest. To that end, the school invests in a robust network of programming, interventions, and academic resources to help students persist and succeed. This work has resulted in several new programs and grants designed to challenge, inspire, and create opportunity for all.
- Receiving a $5 million grant from the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Articulation Program at the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Northwest Indiana students—with a focus on Hispanic and low-income students—graduating with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.
- Conducting an analysis whereby functional and strategic “gaps” in student success support were identified, followed by the construction of a campus Student Success Plan by the campus SSA team.
- Launching of the Groups Scholars Program to increase attendance among first-generation and underrepresented students. The program served 40 students in its inaugural year.
- Hosting of “Your Child’s Journey to College,” a workshop for parents offered in an English and Spanish-language presentation. The initiative covers topics such as how to apply for college, scholarships and financial aid, and support resources.