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November 2011

Grants Focus on Academic Success, Indigenous Scholar Development at NSU

The road to academic success is about to get a little less bumpy for students at Northeastern State University. Recent Title III grant awards in excess of $3.4 million will establish two centers focused on removing barriers to student performance and persistence through graduation.

“Securing these federal grants is a significant accomplishment for those who participated in this pursuit on behalf of Northeastern State. They will enable us to provide services that we have never been able to provide in the past,” said Dr. Martin Tadlock, NSU interim president.

“I expect both will have a tremendous impact on student success and on Northeastern as a whole. These grants are game changers for us.”

Expanded academic program consultation, referrals and career advisement for all NSU students, especially those identified as high risk and/or minority, are top on the list for the new Student Academic Success Center (SASC).

“This funding will allow us to strengthen our efforts toward improving student academic performance through advanced academic advising methods and increased resources that focus on overcoming barriers to student success,” said Dr. Laura Boren, vice president for student affairs. ”I’m personally excited about the opportunity each grant presents for our students. We owe it to our students to provide access to resources to aid in their academic success.”

The Indigenous Scholars Development Center (ISDC) will offer extensive programming, services and faculty/staff development to create an indigenous community culture of collaboration and learning discovery.

“The ISDC center will develop and offer academic enhancement programs and resources in collaboration with Special Collections, Center for Tribal Studies, and Indigenous Living Learning Communities to provide a place of learning where native culture and knowledge is supported,” said Dr. Ron Cambiano, ISDCprincipal investigator.

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