Funding Will Enhance First-Year Experience, Expand Remediation Efforts, and Improve Technology

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October 14, 2019

Albany - State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded SUNY Adirondack with a $2.25 million grant. The funding will be used to assess and bolster the first-year experience for incoming students, expand academic support services, and enhance technology.

“Through SUNY Achieve, we have prioritized expanding support services across our university system, particularly for first-year students,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “This federal grant will help SUNY Adirondack provide access to a more robust set of academic support resources that will ensure our students can succeed.”

The Title III: Strengthening Institutions Program support grant will be administered at $450,000 per year over five years. With the funding, SUNY Adirondack plans to add additional student success coaches to guide students throughout their first year, increase math remediation efforts, and implement technology enhancements to build higher student engagement. These efforts align with SUNY Achieve, a systemwide initiative to expand intensive, evidence-based supports that help students complete gateway courses in their first year.

“We are grateful for the necessary resources to increase the success rates of our students,” said SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy. “To create equitable outcomes for all, additional investments are required in order for us to provide intentional services and advanced technology. SUNY Adirondack will make good use of this Department of Education investment to support our students.”

Strengthening Institutions Program grants are awarded to help higher education institutions become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students. The grants provide funds to improve and strengthen an institution's academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability. Funds may be used for planning, faculty development, establishing endowment funds, administrative management, and the development and improvement of academic programs. Other projects include the joint use of instructional facilities, construction, maintenance, and student-service programs designed to improve academic success.