GV Receives "College Success" Grant, Funds New Positions
Grand View University recently received a $165,046 College Success grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for the 2014-2015 academic year. The goal of the grant is to improve the retention and persistence rates of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds. It is intended to provide resources to allow colleges to identify all at-risk freshmen who exhibit warning signs early in the semester, and connect them with the services that will help them complete the credits they attempt during their first year of college, and earn the grades necessary to position themselves for a successful college career. Specifically, GV will use the grant money to improve the functioning of our "Early Alert" process and intervention with first year students identified through this process.
With the College Success grant, Grand View had added new positions. Leah Eilers and Ryan Roy started as Student Empowerment Coaches on July 1. They will be an integral part of the Student Success Team, with two primary responsibilities: 1. supporting the Director of Student Success in identifying students who are at risk for academic struggle and potentially failure, and 2. intervening with students identified as being at risk for the purpose of addressing their issues and struggles, connecting them with the array of student support staff and resources at Grand View, monitoring their progress in overcoming their issues and struggles and in executing their personal degree completion and financial plans.
Leah holds a Master of Arts in Education: Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wartburg College where she was the Assistant Director of Residence Life. Ryan is completing a Master of Science Degree, Leadership Development, Higher Education emphasis from Drake University and holds a Bachelor of Arts: Social Science - secondary education 7-12 American History, Psychology, Sociology from Central College where he was the Educational Talent Search Coordinator.
Beth Carlson has been hired to serve as the Director of the Whole Degree Planning program. Beth’s role will be expanded from her spring and summer work of meeting with prospective families on the Financial Empowerment Plan to leadership of the expansion of the Whole Degree Planning Program beyond the pilot. Beth will be working with the Admissions and Marketing teams to analyze the work done with the Fall 2014 freshmen pilot as well as planning for marketing and recruitment of the next group of program participants. While her position is not funded by the grant, Beth will assist the Student Empowerment coaches in development of financial alert systems to help keep students on track financially and support training and financial literacy components of the program.
Beth has a M.S in College Student Personnel from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a 25-year career in various aspects of college admissions at Cornell College, Wittenberg University, Miami University, Beloit College and Grand View University.