Courtesy of Diverse Education.
INDIANAPOLIS — Last year, five minority-serving institutions, or MSIs, each received $325,000 grants from Strada Education Network to close the gap between academic and professional achievement.
Administrators from the grantee universities met in Indianapolis on Monday for a convention to look ahead to executing their plans for improving students’ career-readiness.
“We created this award as an intentional experiment to help minority-serving institutions,” said Dr. Lorenzo Esters, Vice President of Philanthropy at Strada Education Network, who made the MSI Measuring College Value Grant. He added that the grant required each institution to construct a group of employees, including chief officers faculty and business partners. “It really becomes an institutional work versus a siloed project.”
This gathering of the five associations, or The Five as they had been referred to at the agenda of the meeting by Strada, came on the heels of a study. The Education Consumer Pulse, which surveyed over 22,000 adults aged 18 to 65 who attended both two-year and four-year colleges, found that the most frequent source of information about college majors is friends, family or community leaders.
The MSI Measuring College Value Grant hopes to address these types of discrepancies in the college experience and professional preparedness. The framework for the grant took off with the planning phase in 2016. The awardees spent the past year collecting information about their students to determine how best to utilize the funds. The Indianapolis meeting provided an opportunity for The Five to share their ideas prior to entering the implementation year, which will be followed by an assessment year.
Before the implementation year, the meeting in Indianapolis gave the university personnel the opportunity to not only discuss their plans but to develop strategies for collecting data from alumni. Additionally, it provided training on the way to showcase their projects’ success. Afternoon, MSNBC anchor Richard Lui guided TED demonstrations. The meeting ends on Wednesday.
“I am quite excited about the terrific progress that they’ve made … In many ways, I think these institutions, a lot of whom are under-resourced, can serve as examples or models for other institutions that are similarly situated.” Esters added.
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